Shipwright mesothelioma compensation claim
Following exposure to asbestos when working as a shipwright at both Devonport (Plymouth) and Chatham Dockyards, Mr K was diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Between 1951 and 1983, Mr K was exposed to asbestos during his work repairing and building both ships and submarines. This included working alongside laggers, fitters, labourers, boiler makers, joiners, riggers, coppersmiths, plumbers, welders, burners, caulkers and electricians who were all using asbestos materials.
The client was terminally ill and had a very short life expectancy at the time of instructing GA. The case was further complicated by the fact that the client was the full time carer of his wife who suffered from dementia.
This needed to be taken into account when dealing with the value of the case, as well as the practical consequences as the client’s health deteriorated. Due to the client’s very poor health, he required a prompt and urgent resolution. This included obtaining interim funding to provide care for both himself and his wife.
GA worked hard on his behalf and secured a successful interim payment of £50,000. A final settlement figure of £185,000 was also secured within the client’s lifetime.
The client sadly died within one week of the settlement but knowing the case had been successfully resolved and his wife would be well cared for.