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Mesothelioma Compensation and Competing Causes Of Death

Mesothelioma Compensation and Competing Causes of Death

Howard Bonnett of Corries Solicitors reports on an unusual case on which he secured Mesothelioma compensation for a victim’s family.

The Claimant, who was 60 years old, developed Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). His life expectancy was expected to be a matter of a few months. A month after this diagnosis Mesothelioma was found and diagnosed. It was considered by his treating doctors to be a minor condition in light of his AML.

Corries were instructed by the family to investigate a potential claim. We made an urgent home visit to fully and properly confirm the Claimants work history. We found two Defendants responsible for the exposure to Asbestos. Medical evidence was very quickly organised. The doctor found it very difficult to separate the symptoms caused by the AML and the Mesothelioma. After careful and forensic analysis of the medical records and the Claimants symptoms Corries were able to put together a valuation of the case. This was put forward to the Defendants and the case settled to the family’s agreement.

Howard Bonnett
Howard Bonnett Director and Manager of Corries Asbestos team


Howard Bonnett, Director and Solicitor at Corries explained

“This case shows the difficulties of dealing with fatal disease claims. At first it was very difficult to be able to prove any symptoms at all. It was only through careful review of the medical records and choice of our medical experts and presentation of this to the Defendants that I was able to achieve a good settlement. Unfortunately this settlement was achieved after my Client died as his health declined far quicker than anticipated. He was assured during his lifetime that the case would win and he took great comfort from this.

Defendant insurers and their solicitors are increasingly challenging the rights of asbestos victims. This case highlights the need to ensure that a specialist Solicitor deals with your asbestos claim.

If you or a family member have been affected by asbestos disease call our dedicated team now on Freephone 0800 083 7839.


Client Testimonials

£28,000 Awarded

Gloria Langton

“I don’t think I could have coped without you and your professionalism especially on the day of the final inquest which was particularly harrowing for me. Your kindness and patience towards my father whilst he was ill was also very much appreciated.  I have and will continue to recommend you to friends, colleagues and family for your services.”


£19,000 Awarded

Ms Meakin

“I am very happy that this claim is now finally settled and thank you so much for the service you provided. It was exemplary. And you have been most patient with my numerous phone calls.”

£118,000 Awarded

Ms F Johnson

“I would like to thank you for your kindness to my Mother Marion Harrison during the last months regarding the claim against the MOD due to Roy’s untimely passing. Roy was one of the finest men I have ever known. Mum has appreciated all your efforts and expertise on her behalf. Thank you.”

£90,000 Awarded

Mrs V Rogers

“On behalf of Adrian and myself I would like to thank you very much for your help and endeavours to reach this satisfactory outcome.”

£22,500 Awarded

Mrs Andrews, Hertfordshire.

“I am delighted to confirm receipt of our cheque concluding our case. Thank you so much for your support throughout the process. I have really appreciated your balanced guidance and sensitivity which gave me the confidence to pursue the claim. Hopefully we won’t need your services again but if we do we will certainly be in contact! So thank you again and wishing you every success in the future.”

£55,000 Awarded

Charles & Ann Parker, Bracknell.

“Ann and I want to thank you very much for all your hard work in the successful conclusion of my case. It has been a great pleasure, once again thank you for everything”

£1,024 Awarded

Pamela Tegg, Southampton.

“I thank you most sincerely for all the effort you put in on my behalf. I hope your employers are proud of the fact you work so efficiently and to such high standards.”

£9,000 Awarded

Keith Aston, Bristol.

“Thank you for the cheque for £9,000 in settlement of my claim. Fingers crossed there will not be any further accidents; however I would like to thank you for the professional manner you dealt with my accident claim. The most important part of a solicitors job is communication and I must thank you for the way you kept me updated on what was going on.”

£130,000 Awarded

June Abbott, York.

“Thank you for handling Peters claim and getting settlement.”


£20,000 Awarded

Anthony Richards, Hull.

“It was always nice talking to you. You were always there! And made me feel secure and important for the few moments.”


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