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Compensation For MoD Shipwright Exposed To Asbestos

We successfully secured a six-figure sum for a man who contracted mesothelioma after working as a shipwright for the Ministry of Defence.

Our client, Mr E, was an elderly gentleman by the time of his diagnosis. Years before he had been exposed to asbestos while based at HM Mooring & Marine Salvage Depot in the Pembrokeshire area, repairing ships after they had been used for target practice by the Royal Navy.

When the ships had been towed back into dock, Mr E was tasked with making the vessels seaworthy once more. They would be badly damaged and large amounts of asbestos lagging along the pipes were left exposed by the explosions. Our client worked below deck repairing the ships: there was no ventilation and the dust and debris in the air was made worse by other labourers sweeping around him. He was not given any kind of mask or protective equipment.

Mr E was 87 when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. In spite of their age, both he and his wife enjoyed busy lives up until that point. They were active people and enjoyed spending time with their family, especially their six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mesothelioma is a disease with severe consequences for the sufferer’s health. Mr E’s lifestyle was seriously altered in the final years of his life because of the exposure to asbestos in his career years before.

We secured a six figure settlement for our client while he was still alive.

Birmingham based solicitor Kim Barrett represented Mr E in his claim. She said: “We now see on a daily basis the devastating impact exposure to asbestos years ago is having on thousands of people’s lives.  We’re pleased to have secured compensation for our client, but nevertheless this tragic case has left an elderly widow bereft of her husband of many years.”

If you or a loved one has been affected by an asbestos related illness, our solicitors can help you to claim compensation. See our Asbestos Claims page for more information.

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