Charlotte Thorpe was instructed by a mesothelioma sufferer at the beginning of 2022 and visited the client at home just days after receiving the first call. It was clear from extracts from medical records that limitation was up within a matter of weeks.
Charlotte promptly prepared to issue court proceedings. Although the client recalled several jobs where he was likely exposed to asbestos, proceedings were issued against Merton Council for whom he had been employed to cut up and drill into asbestos sheeting, generating clouds of dust.
Charlotte served witness evidence provided by the client to prove negligent exposure to asbestos. Merton Council admitted liability and agreed to release an interim payment of £50,000. It also agreed that upon settlement it would provide an indemnity for privately funded treatment. This was important as mesothelioma patients are often candidates for treatment not available on the NHS, which is expensive to fund privately. This indemnity means the client will not need to use his damages for future treatments he may need, and the defendant will pay for it separately for as long as required.
The client was very anxious that the claim be settled during his lifetime to ensure his wife’s financial future would be secured after his death. Charlotte was able to settle the mesothelioma compensation claim for more than £200,000, plus the indemnity for privately funded treatment in the future, within seven months of instruction.
Following settlement, the client's daughter said:
"I want to thank you for all your help and support with Dad's case. As a family, we really appreciate that it was sorted out so quickly and with as little stress as possible. It made is so much easier for Dad to deal with everything."
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