The widow of a Manchester engineer, who died of an asbestos-related disease, has received £150,000 in compensation.
Our client's husband died in September 2004 after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a terminal cancer of the lining of the lung caused by exposure to asbestos.
He began to suffer from increasing shortness of breath in May 2003 and was admitted to hospital in June 2003 to undergo pleural effusion and a biopsy. After investigations, he was diagnosed with an unconfirmed form of lung cancer and underwent five cycles of chemotherapy.
From 1955 to 1965 and from 1967 to 1972 our client's husband was employed as an apprentice and thereafter as an engineer at Mirrlees Blackstone Limited at Bramhall Moor, Hazel Grove, Stockport in Greater Manchester. He was exposed to asbestos whilst lagging the exhaust systems of diesel engines with asbestos rope and asbestos blankets.
Following his tragic death, a post mortem was carried out which confirmed that he had mesothelioma. His widow was then residing in Newcastle upon Tyne and sought legal advice from Irwin Mitchell's Newcastle Asbestos team.
Investigations were carried out and a claim was commenced against Mirrlees Blackstone Limited in the High Court in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Settlement was reached prior to the claim proceeding to trial by Neil Wilkinson of Irwin Mitchell.
He said, "This was a claim which was complex in terms of medical evidence and due to unsuccessful attempts by the Defendants to argue that Death in Service benefits received by the deceased should be set off.
"The claim was ultimately settled shortly before trial in the most favourable terms possible to our client."
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