Monday, July 18, 2011

Mesothelioma lawsuit ends in favor of late Welsh electrician's family

Aberthaw Power Station, where Mr. Vaughan worked for 32 years. (Photo courtesy of RWE npower)

The family of John Vaughan, a Welsh electrician who died of mesothelioma which he developed from asbestos exposure during his thirty two years at Aberthaw Power Station, were awarded “substantial compensation following a lengthy legal battle," according to the South Wales Echo.
Mr. Vaughan was 71 at the time of his death from mesothelioma. He left behind his wife Glenys, their three children, and six grandchildren. The Echo reports that Mr. Vaughan was exposed to asbestos while working at Aberthaw Power Station, which at the time he worked there was run by the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB). It is now run by RWE npower, the company against whom Mr. Vaughan's survivors filed a mesothelioma lawsuit

Many power plant employees have been exposed to asbestos, and Mr. Vaughan was exposed to asbestos dust "as he worked alongside laggers who were handling asbestos insulating materials." 
Llantwit Major coastline. (Photo courtesy of Baker-Lite)
Mr Vaughan, of Llantwit Major in South Wales, retired from Aberthaw Power Station 1992. His family said during his retirement, Mr. Vaughan enjoyed "walking, golf and family holidays." He began experiencing mesothelioma symptoms in late 2007, and was diagnosed with mesothelioma over a year later. The prognosis was six months to live.
The Vaughans filed a claim for compensation, but Mr. Vaughan died before anything was settled. Mr. Vaughan's widow Glenys pursued her late husband's claim in court, and was just recently awarded "an unspecified amount in an out-of-court settlement."
Mrs Vaughan told reporters: 
“My husband suffered terribly all because he dedicated himself to his job. He took great pride in working hard and making sure that, whatever project he was working on, he did it perfectly. In the end his hard work and dedication ultimately ended his life. 
“He was determined to pursue compensation because he wanted to make sure that his family were provided for. We’d much rather have him here beside us but we know that he’d feel vindicated that his employers have admitted responsibility for his death.”
Vindication and compensation: mesothelioma sufferers and their families deserve no less.

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