Thomson Snell & Passmore has secured £280,000 for the widow of a marine engineer who died from mesothelioma after he was exposed to asbestos on the ships on which he worked.
Our client in this industrial disease claim was Mr John Graeme who was an ex-marine engineer who had worked for Syme-Rumsby Engineering Co Limited, Kent between 1974 to 1977.
One of Mr Graeme’s jobs had involved the installation of heaters on small boats including the lagging of the heat distribution pipework with asbestos. He had also worked in close proximity to others on ships who had been removing asbestos lagging from deckheads, bulkheads and pipework, during that period.
Old asbestos lagging was left on the floor in places on the ships which Mr Graeme had walked on. He had also drilled into boarding which had contained asbestos. Mr Graeme had breathed in the asbestos dust and had not been provided with any protective equipment. He later developed mesothelioma cancer as a result of that exposure.
Sadly Mr Graeme passed away before the claim could be completed and so his widow continued the claim on behalf of his estate.
The defendants admitted liability and causation, but sought to argue that Mrs Graeme was not entitled to a dependency claim. They argued that as she had inherited all of the deceased’s property, but for his pensions, she was essentially no worse off as a result of the death and so had not suffered a financial loss.
This case was listed for a trial on that point after the defendant asserted that it should be treated as a test case. Despite that, however, the defendant made an offer of settlement as the hearing approached. After negotiations were undertaken by Thomson Snell & Passmore, we were successfully able to obtain a settlement of £280,000 two days before trial.
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