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Mesothelioma compensation recovered for wife of lagger’s mate

We have successfully negotiated a £120,000 settlement for the surviving wife of a former lagger’s mate who contracted mesothelioma from working with asbestos for an asbestos insulation company, Kitsons.

Mr B was exposed to airborne asbestos dust from 1956 to 1958 on a daily when working in a variety of areas such as the boiler houses of hospitals and hotels where he mixed up asbestos paste for laggers to apply. He poured dry asbestos powder from sacks into 45 gallon drums and then mixed it with water using his hands. He then gave the lagging paste to laggers who lagged pipework and boilers. Mr B also removed old asbestos lagging from pipework by pulling it off with his hands or using a hammer and chisel. All of his work created large quantities of asbestos dust in the atmosphere which he inhaled. No protective equipment was ever supplied.

Following the delivery of a letter of claim, liability was admitted. Sadly, Mr B died, so the claim for compensation was taken up by his surviving wife. Proceedings were prepared but not issued because a settlement was reached for £120,000 plus legal costs.

Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP specialises in industrial disease cases. If you would like to ask our team a question about a potential case, or if you have a general query about any personal injury, contact Jonathan Herbert at Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP solicitors on 01892 701226 in confidence.

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