Daughter Says 'Justice Has Been Done' After Settlement Secured Following Her Father's Death

Expert Industrial Disease Lawyers At Law Firm Irwin Mitchell Secure Six-Figure Settlement For Family

11.11.2014

The devastated daughter of a former engineer says she feels ‘justice has been done’ after lawyers at Irwin Mitchell secured a six-figure settlement from two of her father’s former employers following his death from an asbestos-related disease. 

Peter McCormack, from Whickham, died in December 2013 aged 73, after an 18-month battle with mesothelioma, a cancer in the lining of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos dust.

Devastated by his diagnosis, the late Mr McCormack instructed specialist industrial disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate whether more could have been done to protect him and prevent his exposure to asbestos throughout his working life.

After his death, Mr McCormack’s daughter, Elke, took over her father’s case on behalf of her and her sister, Natalie. 

Now, asbestos experts at Irwin Mitchell’s Newcastle office have  secured an undisclosed six-figure settlement for Elke from her father’s previous employers - energy supplier EON UK PLC, where he worked from 1957 to 1962, and OSG Ship Management, where he was employed between 1965 and 1997, which will help to provide financial security for her and her sister, Natalie.

Peter, an apprentice and mechanical fitter during his time with EON, regularly carried out repairs to asbestos-lagged boilers and pipework during his employment, where he would work alongside laggers who mixed and applied asbestos lagging to new pipes and fittings.

During his time at and OSG Ship Management, which was previously known as W A Souter Limited, Souter Hamlet Limited and Souter Shipping Limited, he was again exposed to substantial quantities of asbestos dust in his role as an engineer onboard ships at sea.

His role involved repairing pipes and other equipment lagged with asbestos, which he would strip by hand. Asbestos dust was also prevalent on internal surfaces of the ship and was often disturbed and released into the air.

Isobel Lovett, a specialist industrial disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Newcastle office, who represented Elke, said:
Elke, 41, said: “It was heartbreaking to see my dad suffering with mesothelioma for 18 months and the effect the chemotherapy he underwent had on him. He lost all his appetite, was often exhausted, and was suffering with nerve pain in his shoulder.

“My dad was always an extremely active man, spending his time mountaineering, walking and cycling, but after his diagnosis his health deteriorated rapidly and was unable to do the things he enjoyed so much. The diagnosis also caused him severe distress and anxiety for his future.

“Hopefully, this settlement will highlight to employers the need to protect people from exposure to asbestos, so other families do not have to watch their loved ones deteriorate so quickly.”