The family of a mesothelioma victim who worked in the North East Shipyards in the 1950’s and 1960’s have been awarded compensation by the insurers for the companies involved.

Mr B was in his 70’s when he sadly passed away from Mesothelioma. He was employed by North Western Marine Engineering Co Ltd and Blyth Dry Docks & Shipbuilding Co Ltd between 1957 and 1967.  Having undertaken an apprenticeship and training as a fitter he was exposed to asbestos on an almost daily basis through his time in the shipyards.  Asbestos was widely used throughout this time as a way of ensuring areas were flame retardant and to insulate pipework.  This was despite the dangers of asbestos being well known from the 1930’s onwards.

Mr B was an extremely fit and healthy man for his age and despite being a widow, himself having lost his wife in 2009, was a family man who helped his daughters in their gardens and liked to keep active.  His case highlights how rapidly mesothelioma can progress. Sadly Mr B passed away less than 3 months from the date he was diagnosed.  Often mesothelioma sufferers see a rapid deterioration in their condition.

WE Solicitors were able to visit Mr B within 24 hours of receiving a call about his possible case and a witness statement was drafted urgently despite Mr B being in what seemed relatively good health considering his terminal diagnosis.  Sadly many sufferers and their families don’t act as quickly as in this case, opting to leave the case until their loved one has passed away. This can make the case much more difficult to bring as there can be a lack of direct evidence as to how the sufferer was exposed to asbestos.

Steven Evans the partner who dealt with the case commented “No amount of money can bring Mr B back but his daughters who cared for their father lovingly and diligently throughout his illness are now content that they have an acknowledgement from the companies who employed their father that his premature passing was their fault.  This could have been prevented had the companies taken heed of the warnings about asbestos so long ago and put in place adequate steps to ensure the safety of their workforce.  The lack of action to protect workers is what makes these cases even more tragic”.