Don and Jacky Merritt
“My family has been tragically affected and continues to suffer from the consequences of being poisoned by the asbestos dust produced by the handling of Cape’s asbestos products…I’m absolutely certain that most solicitors would have given up the fight for any compensation for me… You have been extremely sensitive throughout the process… You know your business.”
Jacky Merritt washed her husband Don’s overalls weekly in the 1960s. Don worked as a lagger in an asbestos company called Cape. His overalls were caked in asbestos dust. Jacky also shook out the overalls in the kitchen and in her yard, undeniably breathing in the lethal asbestos fibres.
She developed an asbestos cancer - mesothelioma 40 years later and died of a tragic and painful death. Don sought justice for her by bringing an action against Cape, who employed him in 1965 and allowed him to take the fibre laden overalls home.
Don comes from a family of laggers. Peter Williams, a leading asbestos lawyer for Fieldfisher, acted and recovered damages for both his brother and brother-in-law, and is now acting for another brother who has lung cancer.
Cape denied liability arguing it did not know such small amounts of asbestos dust were dangerous. Eventually, damages of £130,000 for Merritt's family, including Jacky’s grandchildren were recovered from Cape.
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