Irwin Mitchell has successfully settled a claim for the widow and family of a Birmingham-based mesothelioma sufferer, Mr C, who were awarded £225,000 in compensation.
Iain Shoolbred, industrial disease expert and associate solicitor with Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office was instructed by Mr C's widow after his death.
Iain was able to reconstruct Mr C’s occupational history using information from HM Revenue and Customs and medical records, before appealing in the local media for witnesses to come forward to help with the claim.
It transpired that between 1965 and 1969, Mr C worked for a Birmingham and Midland Demolition Company based in Sandy Lane, Camp Hill, Birmingham. He was employed as a lorry driver for the company which specialised in demolitions. He also took part in demolition work when working overtime.
Evidence was obtained from a supportive witness to demonstrate that Mr C was exposed to asbestos, standing on the back of the drivers cab whilst it was being loaded with debris and furthermore, stepping into the back of the lorry to remove wood or wire before the remainder was grinded down for road filling.
This crucial evidence from the witness helped Irwin Mitchell negotiate a settlement with the company’s insurers.
It was a particularly tragic case as Mr C was the primary carer for his wife, daughter and grandson.
Irwin Mitchell were able to achieve a very substantial settlement of £225,000 for Mr C’s family which will make a huge difference to their lives in the future.
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