The family of a man who died following exposure to asbestos could be awarded £175,000 after a court ruling, however they are now facing a fight to get the compensation.
Doreen Heneghan said it was her husband James’ dying wish for the family to achieve victory in the courts.
The amount of damages has now been agreed at £175,000 – but High Court Judge Mr Justice Jay is being asked to decide whether the six firms Mr Heneghan worked for are all jointly liable.
Mr Heneghan died aged 76 in January last year after contracting mesothelioma.
The family’s lawyers argued he was exposed to asbestos fibres at work, which found their way onto his clothes and skin and into is lungs.
The family launched legal proceedings against six companies Mr Heneghan worked for in the 1960s and 1970s. During this time Mrs Heneghan said the family had been on a ‘traumatic’ two-year journey to a definitive court ruling.
Mrs Heneghan said, “It’s been nearly two years since he died, and there are days when you don’t even think about it – you can’t let it play on your mind everyday of your life, not for that long.
“But my son always said dad wanted us to get a result from this.”
His son Carl, the executor of his estate and a professor at Oxford University, continued the legal fight his father started when he was still alive.
Remembering her husband as a ‘wonderful man’, an emotional Mrs Heneghan said: “He was fit as a fiddle, right up until the day he passed away.
“He bore his illness with great dignity – he never complained, never once moaned about it.
“We looked after him throughout it all and he died peacefully in our home.
We were all very close to him and we miss him terribly.”
Mr Heneghan worked on a number of sites, including Trafford Park, Withington Hospital, an oil refinery in Carrington, Trafford, and a hospital in Yorkshire during the 1960s and 70s.
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