A widow is set to receive £10,000 in compensation in regards to her late husband’s death. Her husband developed pleural plaques due to asbestos exposure, although this condition was not directly related to his eventual cause of death. He actually succumbed to multiple organ failure after contracting cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease. Carol McCauley decided to sue the Royal Mail and Hartland and Wolff, her late husband’s former employers, over his diagnosis of pleural plaques. Although both former employers agreed that Mr McCauley had been exposed to asbestos during his time in their respective employment, it was decided that his death was not related to this condition. His widow argued that the pleural plaques were the reason that Harry McCauley suffered from severe anxiety and stress. Although the judge had ruled that Mr McCauley’s death was not a result of the asbestos exposure, he explained that pleural plaques are a statutory personal injury that deserves financial compensation from any employer who put their workforce at risk of asbestos exposure. The final award of £10,000 was made to Carol McCauley and both defendants accepted joint liability.
Do you have a case for financial compensation due to employer’s negligence?
If you have reason to believe that you may have been exposed to asbestos during your professional life, you may have a case for financial compensation due to possible employer’s negligence. Your former or current employers have a duty of care to their workforce and any exposure to asbestos is potentially lethal in the long run. Whether or not you have been affected by pleural plaques or any other asbestos-related diseases, if you have possible evidence that proves you were at risk of asbestos exposure whilst working, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline for some immediate no-obligation advice now.
How can Accident Advice Helpline help?
Quite simply, we have been helping those who have been at risk of asbestos exposure in the workplace for many years. Our nationwide team of solicitors will be able to help you make a claim for financial compensation if you have possible evidence that leads to employer negligence regarding this serious activity. Use our online claims calculator for a 30-second result that will tell you if your case is viable or not. We are proud to say that Esther Rantzen is our patron and as the people’s champion, she always has the UK public’s interest close to her heart.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown