Posted: November 18th, 2014
Two daughters of a former engineer, who died due to the inhalation of asbestos fibres, are to share the settlement of his mesothelioma compensation claim almost a year after he passed away.
Peter McCormack (73) from Whickham in Tyne and Wear died last December eighteen months after being diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer – a cancer for which there is no cure that is caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres and develops in the lining of the lungs.
Prior to his passing, Peter had commenced a mesothelioma compensation claim against two of his former employers – alleging that they had failed to protect him from exposure to asbestos. After he died, the legal action was pursued by Peter´s two daughters Elke and Natalie.
The mesothelioma compensation claim alleged that while Peter had been working as an apprentice and mechanical fitter for EON UK (1957 to 1962), he had been exposed to asbestos fibres while working alongside laggers whose job it was to mix and apply asbestos to new pipes and other fittings.
Peter had also worked at OSG Ship Management (formerly W A Souter Ltd – from 1965 to 1997,), where he repaired pipes containing asbestos lagging with no protection provided by his employer. It was also alleged that asbestos dust was prevalent within the working conditions, which was often disturbed and inhaled by OSG´s employees.
The mesothelioma compensation claim was eventually resolved without the need for a court hearing. A six-figure settlement of the claim was negotiated, after which Elke commented: “Hopefully, this settlement will highlight to employers the need to protect people from exposure to asbestos, so other families do not have to watch their loved ones deteriorate so quickly.”
She continued “My dad was always an extremely active man, spending his time mountaineering, walking and cycling, but after his diagnosis his health deteriorated rapidly and was unable to do the things he enjoyed so much. The diagnosis also caused him severe distress and anxiety for his future”.
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