Family Of Metallurgist Who Died From Mesothelioma Receives Compensation
We were instructed by Mr G following his diagnosis of mesothelioma, an asbestos related disease. Sadly Mr G passed away in 2014 as a result of his condition, but the claim continued on behalf of Mr G’s estate.
Mr G’s employment history
Mr G trained was employed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) in Aldermaston between 1959 and 1992.
Mr G started his career at the UKAEA as a building manager specialising in metallurgy. By 1978 Mr G had progressed to become the superintendent of operations for metallurgy and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1985.
Mr G’s asbestos exposure
During Mr G’s employment at the UKAEA he was exposed to asbestos fibres on a regular basis when maintenance men carried our routine maintenance and repairs on pipes lagged with asbestos and when they were removing and replacing asbestos ceiling tiles and asbestos boards.
Mr G’s employer did not take any steps to prevent him from being exposed to asbestos or provide any personal protective equipment to Mr G to prevent him from inhaling the deadly asbestos fibres.
Mr G’s claim
Our specialist industrial disease solicitors attended Mr G’s home and took a detailed statement from him regarding his employment history.
A detailed letter of claim was then sent to the UKAEA setting out allegations of negligence and asking for an admission of liability to be provided immediately.
Sadly the Defendant would not admit liability and even went as far as requesting proof that Mr G was ever employed at the UKAEA, this was despite the fact that Mr G was a superintendent at the UKAEA and that he had been awarded an OBE for his work at the Defendants premises.
Eventually the Defendant admitted liability for Mr G’s mesothelioma shortly before proceedings were to be issued in the Royal Courts of Justice.
It was agreed that Mr G’s estate would receive £167,000 gross in full and final settlement of the claim.
Unfortunately Mr G did not survive to see Defendants admission of liability or the settlement of the claim.
We were proud to assist Mr G and his family in obtaining justice in this matter.
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