Thomson Snell & Passmore has secured compensation for the estate of a woman who developed malignant mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos dust carried on her husband’s work clothing.
In this Industrial Disease claim we acted for the family of a woman who had passed away from mesothelioma (a type of lung cancer).
This particular case is known as a “shake down” mesothelioma claim. This represents a group of cases where the wife of an industrial worker is exposed to asbestos when they shake their husband’s work clothing for washing, and later develop mesothelioma, whereas their husband has not.
The leading case for this type of cases is Maguire v Harland and Woolf, where it was established that employers could not know of the hazards of asbestos to families prior to 1965.
The husband’s work involved removing sections of asbestos lagging and working in close proximity to laggers who mixed dry asbestos powder with water to make a lagging paste. As a result he was exposed to significant quantities of asbestos dust on a daily basis which settled on his overalls which he took home for washing. The claim was bought by the family members after the claimant had passed away. These claims are renowned for showing that even low dose exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma to develop.
The deceased washed her husband’s overalls at home and shook the dust out of them before washing. As a result the deceased was exposed on a regular basis to asbestos dust.
Thomson Snell & Passmore acting for the family, was able to negotiate an out-of-court settlement of £58,000.
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