A woman from Surrey has received what is thought to be the largest recorded amount of compensation in a mesothelioma case.
The woman has been awarded £310,000 by the High Court after she contracted incurable cancer via her husband’s workplace.
The 66-year-old widow was a dedicated wife to her husband who worked for a well-known electrical company in Guilford for 42 years.
Following his working day, the woman washed and dusted down her husband’s dusty boiler suits by hand, unbeknown that this would be the cause of her terminal illness, mesothelioma.
Her husband died of the same work-related lung cancer last year after his wife spent a year nursing him during his ‘terrific suffering’.
Following her husband’s untimely death, the woman began experiencing the same symptoms as her husband had and she was diagnosed with mesothelioma in January 2012. She quickly realised the link with washing her husband’s work clothes and her illness.
Originally, the woman sought £500,000 in compensation and despite her husband’s former employer admitting liability, it claimed that the amount needed to be reduced to take into account the woman’s diminished life expectancy. The court upheld this sentiment and the award of £310,000 was granted.
The woman is said to have 6 – 12 months to live and she now wishes to spend some of her compensation on going on holiday with her two daughters.
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Published on 16th February 2015.