The widow of a man who sustained mesothelioma cancer after exposure to workplace asbestos has been awarded 258,520 in industrial injury compensation against her husband’s former employers.
William Wolff, formerly of Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, died from mesothelioma cancer in March 2007 at 66 years of age – just eighteen months after retiring from Weir Construction Ltd. During his working life 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 illness was caused by negligent exposure to asbestos while William was alive, and the case was before Judge Lord Doherty at the Court of Session in Edinburgh for the assessment of damages.
Judge Lord Doherty heard that William’s death was a very 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 being told expert medical evidence that William would have been expected to live on the balance of all probability for a further 17 years had he not contracted mesothelioma cancer, the judge granted Elizabeth a total award of 258,520 pounds, and in additional made further awards totalling 52,317 pounds to William´s three daughters and one of 7,084 pounds to his granddaughter.