The wife of a man who died from mesothelioma cancer after exposure to asbestos in his workplace has been awarded 258,520 in mesothelioma dork death compensation against her husband´s former employers.
William Wolff, previously of Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, died from mesothelioma cancer in March 2007 aged 66 – just eighteen months after finishing work at Weir Construction Ltd. During his employment at the construction company and previously at John Moulds (Kilmarnock) Limited, it was claimed by his widow – Elizabeth Wolff – that he had been exposed to asbestos fibres which were responsible for the injury.
Both Weir Construction Ltd and John Moulds (Kilmarnock) Limited accepted that the condition was a result of negligent exposure to asbestos while William was alive, and the case was being heard before Judge Lord Doherty at the Court of Session in Edinburgh for the assessment of damages.
Judge Lord Doherty was told that William´s death was a particularly painful one, and that Elizabeth had given up her job as a social worker in order to provide full-time care for her terminally ill husband.
After hearing expert medical evidence that William would have been expected to live on the balance of all probability for aother 17 years had he not contracted mesothelioma cancer, the judge granted Elizabeth a total award of 258,520 pounds, and in addition made further awards totalling 52,317 pounds to William´s three daughters and one of 7,084 pounds to his granddaughter.