A Bristol engineering company has reached an out of court settlement with a Shepton Mallet woman whose husband died as a result from exposure to asbestos.
Mrs Diane Gommo of Shepton Mallet brought the claim following her husband’s death, aged 69, in 2011. It is believed he came into contact with asbestos while working on hospital building projects in Oxford and Truro.
Solicitor, Brigitte Chandler, of Swindon law firm, Charles Lucas & Marshall, brought the claim on behalf of the family against the insurers of Arthur Skull & Son and Drake and Skull Engineering whose head offices were in White House Lane, Bristol.
“There was an early acceptance of liability so we were able to conclude the case relatively quickly and agree a sum acceptable to Mrs Gommo,” said Brigitte Chandler, one of the country’s leading experts in asbestos law.
Edward Gommo worked at the Nuffield Hospital, Oxford and Treliske Hospital Truro as a fitter’s mate. Pipework at the hospitals was lagged with asbestos and there would often be asbestos dust over the floors.
He also worked at Barton Hill flats in Bristol and WH&HO Wills in Bristol where asbestos was again widely used.
Mr Gommo was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer, in 2010 and died several months later.
“Sadly, many people like Mr Gommo who worked with asbestos in the 1960s are now developing severe medical problems,” said Brigitte Chandler. “It is a devastating diagnosis and the number of people developing asbestos disease, particularly mesothelioma and lung cancer is increasing – and is likely to do so for some time.”
The Swindon and South West Asbestos Group is a regional charity formed 11 years ago to provide free assistance and support to asbestos sufferers and their families. It now offers home visits to sufferers to advise on benefits available.
You can contact Brigitte Chandler on 01793-511055 or email@example.com
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