Son's long fight for justice for his dad tragically diagnosed with mesothelioma and lung cancer | Fieldfisher
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Son's long fight for justice for his dad tragically diagnosed with mesothelioma and lung cancer

Peter Sinclair contracted mesothelioma in 2011. From the age of 15 he had worked as a mastic asphalt spreader laying asphalt on roofs and floors for a number of employers.

During the course of his work he cut and fitted asbestos roofing tiles. He had instructed solicitors in Kent to deal with a claim against his former employers but sadly died before the claim was able to be settled in June 2012. Following his death the post mortem revealed that in addition to mesothelioma Peter had in fact contracted lung cancer. This was not asbestos related but it was the lung cancer not the mesothelioma which lead to his death.

Peter's son, Sean continued to pursue a case against his father's former employers for the terrible pain and suffering his father endured from mesothelioma before his lung cancer took over. After three years working on the case his solicitors in Kent advised there was little prospect of recovering substantial damages. 

Sean asked Peter Williams and Alice Ketteringham at Fieldfisher to give him a second opinion. We took up the case and issued proceedings against Peter's former employers. We pursued them to a few days before trial when the case was settled for Peter's Estate in the sum of £55,000 to reflect the acute pain and suffering and the care he required due to mesothelioma even before his lung cancer took hold. 

Sean never gave up the fight for justice for his dad even in the wake of local legal advice to do so. 

Sean said:

"it is inordinately difficult to witness someone you love suffer from something as dreadful as Mesothelioma, and the only justice you can pursue for this is financial, to make those that caused your loved one to suffer dreadfully with this awful disease pay financially, and in Peter and Alice at Field Fisher I had a team that understood this and went out of their way to pursue my case, which was far from a straight forward one, in fact my previous Solicitor had said nothing could be done and it was not worthwhile pursuing a claim. However at my first meeting with Peter and Alice it was clear they were in a different league and installed confidence from the outset, you were never too much trouble when bombarding them with questions as you inevitably do in these situations and you were always kept informed of what was going on. They never gave up and were successful in pursuit of the only justice open to us."

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For further information about mesothelioma claims, please call Peter Williams on 03304606805 or email


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