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Death compensation for mesothelioma, an asbestos-related disease

John Todd is content at his success in winning compensation claim against the Ministry of Defence following his wife’s death due to mesothelioma, an asbestos-related disease. Asbestos sheets are used for heat protection in many industries and in military vehicles. Many industrial workers who are exposed to asbestos fibre are found to be affected with mesothelioma, a malignant cancer.  As per the statistics of the Mesothelioma Trust, every year nearly 2,000 people in UK are found to be affected with mesothelioma. The UK Supreme court has passed a law in favour of compensation claim by families of people who had died due to mesothelioma, an industrial diseasethat is widely prevalent due to exposure to asbestos.

John Todd, who had served for 22 years as an army mechanic in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical engineers is fortunate in getting a handsome amount of about £95,000 from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as a compensation for his wife’s death owing to an asbestos-related disease.

John Todd and his wife Helene fell in love with each other when they accidentally met at Victoria bus station in London in the year 1966.  They got married six months later and Mrs. Todd was a dutiful and affectionate wife to Mr. Todd, who was an army mechanic in the Ministry of Defence. While stationed in Germany in 1970s, Mr. Todd’s work involved in attending to the military vehicles that used asbestos for heat protection.

When Mr. Todd brought home the overalls, it was Mrs. Todd who took the responsibility of cleaning them. Until 2009, Mrs. Todd had not realized that she had become a victim to the asbestos-related disease. When she started feeling shortness of breath and chest pain and in the year 2010, she had been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mrs. Todd consulted a accidents at work lawyer to start her legal proceedings against MoD. If Mr. Todd had become the victim to asbestos, it would have been much easier to claim compensation on the basis of  accident at work compensation claim.Mrs. Todd did not lose her heart; relentlessly, she carried on with her legal claim against the MoD but unfortunately, she was not alive to reap the fruit of the hardships that she had undertaken. She passed away seven months later, when she was 66.

Now, the ball was set in Mr. Todd’s court who took the job of handling the legal claim against the MoD.  An investigation was done into Mrs. Todd’s death. Mr. Todd proved that the only time his wife had been near asbestos was while she had worked on his overalls. He tried to prove the fact that the MoD is responsible for providing work safety for a person who is involved in cleaning the asbestos materials. He argued that since his wife had taken the cleaning responsibility in lieu of him, the MoD is bound to give him work compensation.

In the words of MoD, “The amount of compensation paid is determined by common law principles which take account of an individual’s pain and suffering, degree of injury, property losses, past and future financial losses and level of care required”.

The MoD realized their legal liability and extended their condolence to Mr. Todd on the loss of his beloved wife Helene. As an “out-of-court settlement”, they had arranged to pay Mr. Todd a sum of £110,000 which would come around to £95,000 after tax deductions.

Mr. Todd though disheartened and shattered at the loss of his wife, but is content that he could win the legal battle initiated by his wife and get her justice she looked for.

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