Our client was diagnosed with mesothelioma in February 2008 and sadly passed away 3 months later. He was exposed to asbestos during the course of his employment.
He worked as a machinist at Reyrolle in Hebburn operating machinery including the turret lathes. Part of his job was to make sure that the insulation boards, which were Sindanyo boards containing asbestos, were shaped correctly so that other components could be fitted through it. He and his colleagues would drill and turn the insulation boards to meet specifications.
Our client was not provided with any breathing equipment.
The Defendant failed to admit liability and we therefore issued the claim in the Royal Courts of Justice under the Fast Track Procedure for Mesothelioma Claims. The Defendant then raised an issue concerning the correct identity of the employer which our client worked for. We ended up having to issue the claim against 3 companies and at the first court hearing, all 3 Defendants admitted liability and judgment was entered against them. Interim payments were also awarded.
Isobel Lovett, who dealt with the case, successfully negotiated settlement of the claim prior to trial on behalf of our client’s daughter, in the sum of £74,000.
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