Family wins nearly £250,000 for second-hand asbestos death
A family in Scotland has been awarded damages of £250,000 in a ground-breaking legal case after it was found that their mother had died as a result of exposure to asbestos from her husband’s work clothing.
William Sweeney, from Paisley, had worked in a boiler factory run by Babcock and Wilcox during the 1960s, and it was during this time that his wife, Adrienne Sweeney was exposed to asbestos particles that had covered and become embedded in his work overalls. This led to the development of mesothelioma – an asbestos related lung cancer for which there is currently no cure. Mrs Sweeney died from the condition in 2015.
The case was made more complicated by the fact that Mr Sweeney had died in 2008 meaning that he couldn’t give testimony to the conditions in which he had worked all those years ago. Fortunately for the family, a former colleague of Mr Sweeney stepped forward and provided evidence of the working conditions proving negligence on the part of the factory’s owners.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops within the thin layers of tissue that protect the body’s vital organs such as the lungs and the chest wall, as well as the abdomen and the heart. Asbestos is made up of tiny fibres and even smaller ‘fibrils’ which can become embedded within the lungs of anyone exposed to asbestos dust. Once in place, they can remain unnoticed for many years before their effects can be noticed. In most cases when mesothelioma is diagnosed, it is too late to treat the cancer and death normally ensues within a couple of years of diagnosis. While it cannot be cured, mesothelioma can sometimes be treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy or even surgery, but in most cases the result is a slightly longer, less painful life, rather than an actual cure.
If you or someone you care for has been exposed to asbestos there are tests that your doctor can perform to identify if you might be suffering from asbestos-related lung conditions, including mesothelioma. If you are, it is highly likely that you could make a claim for compensation. Depending on the severity of your condition the pay-out could be from a few thousand pounds to several hundred thousand pounds, or even more.
Contact one of our solicitors today for a free, no obligations discussion and let us see how we can help you get the compensation you and your family are entitled to.