Topic: Asbestos Exposure
The family of a man who died from an asbestos-related cancer have been awarded a large sum of money in compensation.
76 year old Anthony Justice died in July 2015 after suffering with mesothelioma cancer.
Following his death, his daughter, Debbie Smith, started a campaign to track down the people responsible.
She wanted to find out how and where her father had been exposed to asbestos.
Debbie’s campaign paid off as the family were awarded £110,000 in compensation at London’s High Court.
The court heard how Mr Justice had worked on renovation projects in Scotland in 1967 and 1968.
He worked as a pipe lagger’s mate in the boiler rooms of a school and hotel.
His job would involve the emptying bags of asbestos into a spraying machine.
Mr Justice would then be responsible for sweeping up any asbestos dust that was present.
Mr Justice worked for ‘Universal Asbestos Manufacturing Company’, in Watford.
His symptoms of the asbestos related disease surfaced in 2013.
He attended Watford General Hospital at the time to receive treatment.
But his condition worsened and he was subsequently diagnosed with Mesothelioma cancer later that year.
Due to very few records of her father’s work still being in existence, his daughter was tasked with having to prove her case.
Although before his death, Mr Justice had provided a statement detailing his working life.
Daughter Debbie was also deemed to be a “credible witness” in the case.
The ruling Judge said that he was satisfied Mr Justice had worked for Universal Asbestos and had “no doubt that Mr Justice was exposed to asbestos at some point during his life”.
The company in question has long since ceased trading, and therefore the compensation will in fact be paid by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
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by Matthew Lennon
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