Irwin Mitchell Solicitors have successfully acted on behalf of a client, a deceased mesothelioma sufferer, recovering £145,000 in compensation for his widow. He was employed by Birmingham City Transport as a fitters mate between1950 and 1953.
Our client was exposed to asbestos whilst assisting the Transport department’s fitters to maintain boilers and pipe work in the boiler rooms in bus depots. He was exposed to clouds of asbestos dust generated as the insulating material was removed from boilers and pipe work within the boiler rooms. He was also exposed to asbestos in drilling and fitting brake shoes to the department’s buses.
He instructed Irwin Mitchell during his lifetime and, following his tragic death shortly thereafter, the claim was brought by his family. Irwin Mitchell pursued the case against Centro who had inherited the liabilities for Birmingham City Transport Department and successfully concluded the claim shortly before a trial in May 2011.
His widow received a substantial payment of compensation from Centro. Iain Shoolbred, an associate solicitor and workplace injuries specialist at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office who acted for the family said, "our client was a very pleasant gentleman who unfortunately suffered greatly during his illness. His family have been devastated by his loss. The fact that we were able to recover a substantial compensation payment has given financial security to his family and in particular his widow, something that was very important to him and one of the main reasons why he instructed me to pursue his claim".
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