Asbestos death payout

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THE family of a former Wearside shipyard worker killed by an asbestos-related illness has won compensation for his death.

Ted Hall died aged 80, just months after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs. Caused by exposure to asbestos, the disease has no cure.

Mr Hall was exposed to the chemical as a 15-year-old apprentice and joiner while working at Hudson Dock and Pallion Yard on the Wear.

He was never warned by his employers about the dangers of asbestos or provided with any protection.

The dad-of-two moved to Basingstoke in 1954 and then to Dartmouth with his wife Patricia, in 2004. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in December 2010 and died five months later.

Mrs Hall instructed Thompsons Solicitors to investigate a compensation claim. A “substantial” damages payout was secured for the family and an additional payment to Rowcroft Hospice towards the costs of looking after Mr Hall.

Mrs Hall said: “Ted was exposed to asbestos when he was just a teenager and, as a result, mesothelioma took his life. It was important to the family to make sure that someone took responsibility for his painful death.”