Posted by Helen Childs, Partner
£140,000 mesothelioma payment secured within six weeks.
Helen Childs explains how her and her specialist mesothelioma claims team successfully sought £140,000 for a client whose health is rapidly declining.
Fred G is a 93 year old widower who worked for Morris/BL and then Unipart at Cowley for many years. Before then he had joined the Navy (underage!). He then worked as an apprentice painter and decorator for a small firm that has long since ceased trading, then for the Co-Op in the Oxford area, refurbishing their stores. He described possible exposure to asbestos with the Royal Navy and clear exposure as a painter and decorator and at Cowley for Morris/Unipart.
The family instructed Helen Childs in mid July and unfortunately Mr G was bedbound when we visited on 18th. His decline had been very rapid, he described how he had been well enough to maintain his garden, grow tomatoes and was until just a few weeks earlier even able to go up on the roof of his shed to re-felt it!
How we helped our client secure £140,000
An application to the Government’s fund of last resort was submitted in case insurers could not be traced for his previous employers, and letters of claim were sent to Morris/their successors, who we knew straight away were insured.
We also made an application to the Veterans Agency under their scheme for ex services personnel which pays a lump sum of £140,000 instead of a weekly pension where exposure to asbestos occurred and mesothelioma has been diagnosed. This application was expedited by the Veterans Agency and was confirmed within just six weeks of our first visit to Mr G.
Mr G would not have received as much as £140,000 in a normal civil claim for mesothelioma, and submitting the Veterans Agency application was the best course of action for him.
He and his daughters were delighted with the very swift outcome, particularly because he will get the peace of mind of knowing his claim has been successful, the opportunity to pay for additional care if he needs it, and the chance to indulge his daughters and grandchildren.
If you have any questions about making a claim for mesothelioma, please contact our specialist team today.
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