We recovered £197,564 compenstion for Mrs Nixon, whose husband, Len, was exposed to asbestos during his working life.
Len was exposed to asbestos in his employment with a number of companies, but the heaviest exposure occurred when he was employed as a factory maintenance fitter working for "Gloy" between about February 1977 and June 1979.
Len did repairs around the factory. This involved repairing valves on steam pipes, which he did himself. He removed the asbestos lagging around the valves in order to gain access. He cut the asbestos lagging with a hacksaw.
Debris fell to the floor and into his hair and into his face as he was cutting from underneath. The lagging came away in chunks and crumbled like chalk. Len repaired valves in this way on only a few occasions in this employment.
The company manufactured "Gloy" adhesive that came in triangular bottles, with distinctive red applicators, that have been in widespread use in schools for decades.
The company was subsequently taken over by Associated Adhesives Limited which itself ceased trading many years ago.
Andrew tracked down the corporate history of Gloy and of Associated Adhesives and found that liabilities for claims such as this now rested with National Starch & Chemical (Holdings) Limited, but the solicitors acting for Gloy Limited and its successors denied they had any involvement in the claim.
Sadly Len died at age 68 before any insurers admitted they might be involved but Andrew was subsequently able to pursue the claim on behalf of Len's family. He was on the point of issuing court proceedings when the defendants made their first offer.
Andrew was able to negotiate an increase to a total of £197,564, which Mrs Nixon was happy to accept.
This offer included payment of £18,833 to St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, for the charity-funded care that they provided to Len during his illness, one of the largest payments of this kind.
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