Irwin Mitchell Solicitors have recovered a substantial compensation payment for the widow of a mesothelioma sufferer. Mr P was diagnosed with mesothelioma very shortly before his tragic death and his family choose to pursue a legal claim after the Inquest. The family were aware that Mr P had been employed by Kier Group Limited and had worked on the construction of the Ironbridge B Power Station between around 1967 and 1970 .
Irwin Mitchell undertook detailed investigations into the circumstances of Mr P’s employment and were able to locate a former colleague of Mr P’s who provided detailed evidence in relation to Mr P’s work with Kier Group. Irwin Mitchell obtained evidence to show that Mr P was employed in the construction of the cooling towers at the Power Station. He was exposed to asbestos working underneath workers cutting and fitting asbestos sheets on the inside of the cooling towers. He also came into contact with asbestos dust as sheets of asbestos were stored around the cooling towers when Mr P was working.
A claim was subsequently made against Kier Group and Court proceedings were commenced. The litigation was hard fought and admission of liability was provided shortly before the trial. The case settled when the Defendant agreed to pay Mrs P £150,000.
Iain Shoolbred, a Solicitor from Irwin Mitchell’s Specialist Asbestos-Related Disease Team who handled Mrs P’s case said: “This case was a very difficult one. We did not get the opportunity to take evidence from Mr P because his illness was very severe and took him so quickly. We undertook detailed investigations and were able to piece his work history together and because of this we were able to recover a substantial payment for his widow. This case is evidence that even if a statement cannot be taken from a mesothelioma sufferer during his or her lifetime, a compensation claim can still be successfully pursued for the family”.
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