Posted by Rachel James, Partner
Justice for wife of maintenance fitter exposed to asbestos by Delecta Table Waters
We have recently concluded a claim for John, a resident of Malta, who moved there in 1990 with his wife, Antonia, who is a Maltese national.
John worked as an apprentice pipe fitter in the late 1950’s. He had an intense period of exposure to asbestos during his apprenticeship, and as a consequence he developed mesothelioma. The Maltese government agreed to fund immunotherapy treatment for John, and UK government benefits were also secured for him. Sadly, he deteriorated rapidly and passed away, but an admission of liability was secured in his lifetime.
Antonia was dependent on John not only financially, but for transport (as she is a non driver) and with services. Antonia’s settlement included her financial dependency, dependency on John for transport, services around the home including tradesman’s services. As well as quantifying services in Malta, advice needed to be sought on whether a grant of probate or equivalent could be obtained in Malta, and on the process required to release funds to the Estate.
Antonia said “The service my late husband and I received from RWK has been excellent throughout. Our designated lawyer Mrs Rachel James was so caring, approachable, kind and understanding and always explained all that we/ I had to go through step by step.”