The family of a man who worked extensively in the television and film industry during the 70's and 80's have received £300,000 in compensation after his death from mesothelioma.
Nimish Patel is an industrial disease specialist for AWH Solicitors and handled the case throughout. Talking to the client’s wife, he found that she described her husband as a man who had previously been extremely active and well.
She stated that, prior to her husband’s death in August 2018, he ‘used to be very proud of doing any DIY around the house […] he would do all of the maintenance around the house and he particularly enjoyed doing the gardening in the back garden. He enjoyed walking and ten pin bowling until around February 2018.’
After the onset of her husband’s illness in, she recalled that he no longer had any energy and they could no longer go to the park together like they used to. The last 3 months of his life he was no longer able to leave the house, and the next-door neighbour had to be employed to be a dog walker. In the very last part of his life, the client’s wife had cared for him entirely herself as he wanted to be in his home, and she could not leave his side in the last few weeks. There had previously been plans for surgery to be carried out and the lining of the lung to be removed, but it was sadly discovered that the disease had spread and that only palliative care would be appropriate.
With the claim being settled posthumously, it was difficult for our specialists to obtain detailed statements that pinpointed the fatal exposure to asbestos fibres. Patel’s client had worked for a number of different television and film companies, working in the lighting and electricity departments from a young age. Having ruled out any potential exposure to asbestos in childhood and tracing back through the client’s history of employment, it was eventually found to have been during employment with an equipment company in the early seventies.
The client’s wife had no source of income of her own and had been entirely reliant on her husband’s income. The couple’s two sons also live in the family home, with one of them interrupting his university degree to assist his mother after his father’s death.
Over the course of the client’s treatment, a number of costs were incurred including during hospital visits and for the cost of care in the home. All of these were put forward for consideration for the final payout, as well as the accumulative suffering and distress over the years since the diagnosis.
AWH were pleased that they were able to assist in this sad case in helping the client’s family get the outcome that they deserve. It is hoped that the payout will be able to assist the client’s family with the next stages of their lives.
You can read more about claiming compensation on behalf of someone who has passed away from mesothelioma here.
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