Our client, an 81 year old widower, recovered £90,000 from his former employer after developing mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos in the form of pipe lagging and brake linings in the bus depots where he worked.
Our client began feeling unwell in about March 2007 with symptoms of breathlessness and a cough. He had previously had good health for a man of his age and lived wholly independently before his illness. He was referred by his GP to hospital and was admitted for tests. He was told after a biopsy, in May 2007, that he had mesothelioma and he approached Irwin Mitchell to represent him in a claim against his former employer.
Between 1941 and 1974, our client was regularly exposed to asbestos during his employment as a maintenance fitter. He worked near others who machined brake linings and regularly had contact with asbestos lagged pipe work and boilers in unprotected conditions.
A letter of claim was sent on our client's behalf in July 2007. As our client had no dependants, it was important to advance his claim quickly. Otherwise, its value would be greatly diminished. A claim was issued, accordingly, in September 2007, under the court’s expedited process for mesothelioma cases.
A voluntary interim payment of £50,000 was obtained on our client's behalf, 5 months after he was diagnosed. The court later entered judgment for our client and negotiations proceeded to a settlement of the claim in December 2007.
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