Posted by Jennifer Seavor, Senior Associate
Claim for former ship builder / metal worker settles for over £200,000 within nine months of instruction
Mr T was 71 years old when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma in January of 2016.
He described extensive exposure to asbestos during the course of his apprenticeship with Vickers Armstrong as well as during subsequent building work, including the Department of Work and Pensions Building in Long Benton in Newcastle.
Mr T was a single man with no dependants so it was imperative that his claim be settled during his lifetime, or his family would have missed out on any compensation for the income he would have received during the lost years. In Mr T’s case this would have resulted in a reduction in the value of the claim of at least £80,000.
This was one of the rare cases where we felt it necessary to obtain a nursing care report to deal with Mr T’s care needs. As he lived on his own, it was likely he would need commercial care as time went on.
Court proceedings were issued and at the first hearing the Defendants conceded liability. They proposed obtaining their own medical evidence, and we made an offer in settlement to them in early October 2016. This was accepted in late October and the case settled for in excess of £200,000.00.
Royds Withy King has a dedicated specialist team of lawyers who are committed to achieving the best possible results for individuals affected by mesothelioma or other industrial diseases. If you or a family member has an asbestos related illness, please contact Helen Childs, head of our Industrial Diseases team anytime, on
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