Family of Welsh electrician receive compensation

Saw this on Mesothelioma Law News:

Aberthaw Power Station

Apparently, John Vaughan worked at Aberthaw Power Station (pictured above) for thirty-two years. Like many electricians and employees at power plants, Mr. Vaughan was exposed to asbestos on the job. He developed mesothelioma in 2007 and died soon after.

Between his diagnosis and his untimely death, Mr. Vaughan filed a mesothelioma lawsuit. His wife took up the case after her husband passed, and last week she and her children received an undisclosed amount of compensation in an out-of-court settlement.

July 18, 2011. Support Information. Leave a comment.

Family honors father’s mesothelioma death with charity fundraising


The Mann family, pictured above, lost their father Peter to mesothelioma last month. Widow Hazel recalled her husband “kept fighting until the end.” To honor the late husband, father, and plumber’s memory, the Hazel family raised £350 (the equivalent of $556) for the charitable trust Mesothelioma UK, according to the Worthing Herald.

The family collected money for the charity and handed out informational leaflet to passersby, warning them of the dangers of asbestos exposure. Peter Mann was exposed to asbestos during his time as an apprentice plumber, years ago, but only received his mesothelioma diagnosis this January.

Mrs. Mann told reporters that when her husband was diagnosed, “they asked him if he wanted to know how long he had to live and he said ‘no’.” Mr. Mann’s bravery and optimism could not slow the cancer’s rapid progress, and he died on the morning of June 14, 2011–a day Hazel will always remember:

“The morning before he died, he was in so much pain but he kept trying to get up to walk – it was horrendous. He didn’t want to die and he kept fighting until the end. My mother had lung cancer and it was bad, but she was in nothing like the pain my husband was. You just can’t imagine what it was like.”

Hazel and her children thanked everyone who donated, and hoped that their leaflets left an impact: “The number of people with mesothelioma will soon reach its peak, and it affects around 2,000 people each year. Although there is less asbestos around, people are still coming into contact with it and people need to realize you don’t have to work with asbestos to get mesothelioma [referring to second-hand asbestos exposure].”

July 12, 2011. Tags: , , , . Support Information. Leave a comment.

Carpenter’s widow files mesothelioma lawsuit in Blackpool


(Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Carpenter or joiner, lawyer or barrister: though the words might be different, the meanings are the same. And the same disease affects carpenters (or joiners, as some are called in England) across the Atlantic: mesothelioma, the deadly asbestos cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs and other major organs. In Blackpool, a town in northwest England, one family is dealing with their father’s recent death, which came shortly after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Christopher Duck had been a carpenter and maintenance man at Blackpool Pleasure Beach—a seaside amusement park comparable to those at Coney Island or Wildwood, New Jersey—for over ten years. In 2010, Mr. Duck was diagnosed with mesothelioma. His widow Valerie is now suing Blackpool Pleasure Beach for negligence in exposing her late husband to asbestos. In a “writ”, or statement, the Duck family’s lawyer states:

“Many of the buildings on site [at Blackpool Pleasure Beach] contained asbestos, which was used as fire resistant panelling and for underlining ceilings, which he cut and drilled with power and hand tools. He was not given respiratory protection, except paper masks which were ineffective, and there was no ventilation despite the presence of asbestos insulation board.”

What makes Mr. Duck’s case all the more upsetting is that he took his own life after witnessing the suffering of a fellow hospital patient with severe breathing problems. Though people may believe that “mental anguish” (along with “pain and suffering”) is simply a made-up term, it is mental anguish from the knowledge of the suffering that lie ahead that caused Mr. Duck’s death. The Blackpool Gazette quotes the Ducks’ lawyer’s statement that Mr. Duck “had no history of depression or suicidal tendencies, and he would not have committed suicide if he had not had mesothelioma.”

This is a tragic case, and we hope that Mrs. Duck and her children receive just compensation for their terrible loss.

July 5, 2011. Tags: , , . Support Information. Leave a comment.