Posted by Helen Childs, Partner
Claim for architect exposed to asbestos in the 1960s settles for a substantial six figure sum with less than a week to go to the trial
Mr W, who was born in 1940 worked as an architect building schools in Hertfordshire and also worked for Distillers Company Limited in their chemicals and plastics division – carrying out rebuilding and extension design work to several of its factories. He described exposure to asbestos in both these jobs as he oversaw the construction of the factories and Council buildings including schools that are still in existence today.
Mr W became ill in 2016 and was initially diagnosed with asthma. His condition continued to worsen, and further tests revealed that the cause of his problems was mesothelioma. Mr and Mrs W had retired to the coast and had purchased a substantial house with a large garden which Mr W remodelled and rebuilt both. He also helped with the care for Mrs W who had problems with arthritis and subsequently underwent a hip replacement operation.
Asbestos surveys indicated that the schools Mr W could recall working on still contained huge amounts of asbestos even now.
Mr W died in 2017 and as neither the Council nor Distillers were willing to admit responsibility for exposing him to asbestos court proceedings were commenced and a timetable was put in place to obtain expert engineering evidence. The claim was successful against Distillers, and more than £190000 in the autumn of 2018, shortly before a trail was due to take place.
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