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10 October 2020 | Case Study | Article by Richard Green

Case Study: Family recover £20,000 for hospice following mother’s untimely death


The family of a much-loved mum who died from mesothelioma have recovered £20,000 towards the cost of her hospice care through a legal claim brought on her behalf.

Mrs W had been fit and well and living independently until the onset of her mesothelioma symptoms in 2018. Following her diagnosis, her family helped provide her with care for as long as they could, accompanying her to medical appointments, assisting her with house-hold chores and keeping her company during the long days spent at home, too frail to go out.

Towards the end of her illness, Mrs W was admitted into Royal Trinity Hospice for end of life care. Her family continued to visit her daily in order to provide emotional care and support, and the hospice staff ensured that she was well looked-after and made comfortable.

Mrs W had, during her lifetime, begun a legal claim for damages arising from her mesothelioma diagnosis. She recalled exposure to asbestos dust whilst working as a cleaner at a school in Wandsworth, which contained pipes insulated with asbestos. Mrs W’s family took over the claim after she passed away and were able to bring this to a successful conclusion in autumn 2020.

In line with an earlier court judgment, in addition to the sums recovered for Mrs W’s Estate, the damages received included a payment towards the cost of the care which Mrs W had received from the Royal Trinity Hospice. The family were delighted to be able to give something back to the hospice which had looked after their mum so well during the last days of her illness.

If, like Mrs W, you 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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