Six-figure settlement for family of construction worker who died as a result of asbestos exposure
Mr P was diagnosed with Malignant Mesothelioma in February 2020, after suffering several months of increasing chest discomfort and breathlessness. He had worked for Taylor Woodrow Group, Sir Lindsay Parkinson and George Wimpey & Company, cutting up asbestos boards in the construction industry in the 1960s.
Unfortunately, Mr P’s health rapidly deteriorated following his diagnosis and he found himself struggling to mobilise, experiencing acute chest pain, extreme breathlessness and was unable to walk more than two or three yards at a time.
Mr P lived his last days through the COVID-19 pandemic and as such was unable to spend time with family. He had always liked to be out and about and was fit and active prior to his diagnosis. The crippling symptoms coupled with his isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic meant that Mr P went through the ordeal completely alone. He required hospice care in the weeks leading up to his death and he sadly passed away in August 2020.
The Defendants were made aware of the claim and admitted liability shortly afterwards. Efforts were then made to secure a settlement for Mr P’s family and a six-figure settlement was agreed.
We managed in this case to secure an enhanced settlement of general damages due to Mr P’s situation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that he had to face his last months essentially isolated from friends and family.