Leeds Hospice Receives Donation from Mesothelioma Claim
08 Jan 2019
Specialist Mesothelioma lawyers have helped the family of a Leeds man, who wish to remain anonymous, recover over £5,000 for St Gemma’s Hospice in Moortown, Leeds for the care provided to their relative in the months before his death from the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma.
The late Mr P was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung in mid-2017. For a number of weeks after his diagnosis he was an In-Patient at St Gemma’s Hospice where he received vital care and pain management. The stay in the Hospice reassured his relatives that Mr P was in safe hands and cared for.
During his lifetime Mr P instructed Fozia Hussain of Yorkshire based The Asbestos Law Partnership to pursue a compensation claim for his mesothelioma. Sadly he died within months of his diagnosis and before his claim could be concluded.
Mr P was exposed to asbestos dust when he worked as a painter and decorator from the 1960s onwards for a number of Leeds based firms including A V Cook and Foyle and Kirk who were based near Hyde Park, Leeds. Mr P recalled preparing and painting asbestos lagged pipes in industrial, commercial and public buildings including Leeds General Infirmary, St James’s Hospital Leeds, Airedale Hospital Keighley and Foxwood High School in Seacroft. It was this exposure that led to his mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung almost always due to asbestos exposure.
Fozia Hussain secured a settlement of £90,000 for the family of Mr P for his early death in the asbestos claim.
The settlement included over £5000 for St Gemma’s Hospice for the care they provided.
Mr P’s relative who took over the claim after his death is delighted the Hospice will receive this amount. She said:
“St Gemma’s was a great support to us as a family and being able to provide the hospice with this amount, as a way of saying “thank you”, is wonderful news.”
Fozia of the Halifax office of The Asbestos Law Partnership said:
“St Gemma’s proved to be vital in Mr P’s case in providing him with care and support when he needed it most. Hospices like St Gemma’s can play a huge role in mesothelioma cases. It is often thought that hospices are a place for end of life care. However, they can and do provide essential care and symptom management to improve the day to day life of mesothelioma sufferers as well as offering much needed short term respite for families and carers. We always seek to recover the costs incurred. By giving back in this way, families can not only express their thanks but can also ensure hospices have the funds to help future patients”.
Tara Bean of St Gemma’s Hospice received the donation from Mr P’s relative and commented:
“We are incredibly grateful to the family for their support in recovering the cost of Mr P’s care at St Gemma’s Hospice. This money will make a big difference, helping us to provide specialist nursing and medical care for other patients with incurable illnesses, as well as supporting family and friends during this very difficult time.”
For further information contact Fozia Hussain
The Asbestos Law Partnership LLP
The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre
Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER
Tel: 01422 399550