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2 February 2021 | Case Study | Article by Richard Green

Case Study: £340,000 recovered for disabled widow of mesothelioma sufferer

Mr B was a life long train enthusiast and spent his entire life working for British Rail. Unfortunately he was exposed to asbestos during his early years of employment whilst working on steam trains in the 1960s. Following his diagnosis with mesothelioma, he instructed Hugh James to investigate a claim on his behalf.

Sadly, Mr B passed away shortly afterwards and the claim was continued by his family, including his widow who has extensive care needs, the majority of which her husband used to provide.

Hugh James obtained expert evidence from a consultant geriatrician as well as an extensive report from a qualified nurse in order to fully detail all of Mrs B’s care needs. Settlement negotiations were then entered into with the Department of Transport, who retain the liabilities of British Rail. Ultimately, settlement was agreed in the sum of £340,000 which incorporated a significant sum in relation to Mrs B’s on going care needs that were previously provided by her husband.

Chris Griffiths, Associate at Hugh James, said:

In order for Mrs B to recover the maximum level of compensation, it was imperative that the right experts were instructed to assess all of her needs. I am pleased that we were able to recover a significant sum that should provide some financial security for the future

Client, Mrs B, said:

I would like to say thank you for the wonderful work Chris has done, the level of communication was excellent. I would be very willing and happy to recommend your services.

If you, like Mr C, have developed an asbestos related illness then contact Hugh James’ Asbestos Disease team today, as they may be able to help.

Author bio

Richard is a Partner and head of the asbestos litigation team. Richard specialises in asbestos-related disease claims and has recovered millions of pounds in compensation for his clients.

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