After one woman lost her husband to mesothelioma, a particularly aggressive form of lung cancer linked to exposure to asbestos, personal injury solicitors for the widow have won her a £258,520 personal injury compensation award for her husband’s death.
Elizabeth Wolff, aged sixty nine, recently pursued a personal injury compensation claim against the former employers of her deceased husband, Weir Construction Ltd, after he died from the asbestos linked illness at the age of sixty six. Diagnosed with the terminal disease just one year into his retirement, William Wolff died seven short months afterward, and Weir Construction Ltd admitted to being negligent in exposing Mr Wolff to the deadly airborne fibres while he was employed by the construction firm, according to personal injury lawyers familiar with the case.
In the court case, it was revealed that Mrs Wolff had no choice but to relinquish her previous social worker position at a local hospital in order to provide the care her husband needed in his final months. According to medical evidence presented at trial, Mr Wolff had been expected to have lived an additional 17 years at minimum if he had not been cut down by the deadly carcinogen.
The court decided to award Mrs Wolff £258,520 in personal injury compensation for her loss, which included a £65,000 payout in order to compensate for the pain and suffering experienced by her husband due to the disease. Mr and Mrs Wolff’s three daughters were also given compensation awards as well for the total sum of £52,31, with an additional £7,084 being awarded to the single granddaughter of the couple.