Brian Thomas was exposed to asbestos when working for Percy Williams & Sons Limited, firstly as an apprentice carpenter and later as a carpenter between 1959 and 1965 in Redruth, Cornwall.
Tragically he contracted mesothelioma as a result of this exposure, which was diagnosed shortly after his 70th birthday. He had chemotherapy but passed away as a result of the mesothelioma in August 2013.
An admission of liability was obtained and an interim payment of compensation was made during Brian's lifetime, but he passed away before the claim could be settled. His widow instructed Caroline Pinfold to carry on the claim on behalf of his estate. She described how Brian had been a DIY enthusiast and builder, and keen gardener before he contracted the mesothelioma. He had also done maintenance work for their local church where he served as Deacon. They had enjoyed travelling and visiting Brian's children in Australia. The claim was successfully settled in February 2015.
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