Rugby man's asbestos pay-out helps hospice - The Rugby Observer

Rugby man's asbestos pay-out helps hospice

Rugby Editorial 6th Mar, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

THE HOSPICE where a Rugby man spent his final days before he died from asbestos-related cancer has been awarded £13,500 after the company he worked for agreed a large settlement with his family.

Roy Tranter, who died of mesothelioma at Myton Hospice in Warwick in 2012, was exposed to asbestos while working as a contractor for Metropolitan Vickers where he fitted electric cables in train carriages after they had been sprayed with the lethal substance.

The Myton Hospices received the sum alongside a larger settlement received by Mr Tranter’s family from Associated Electrical Industries and Alstom Transport – the modern-day companies.

Roy’s wife Janet, who was married to Roy for 54 years, said: “I would like to thank his former colleagues who came forward with information to support our case, so many years after they worked with him.

“The details they provided were crucial in securing a settlement from his former employees and recovering vital funds for The Myton Hospices to support the great care they provide.”

A landmark ruling in a 2010 case found that insurers of a company responsible for the death of a worker from asbestos should contribute to his or her hospice care costs.

Ruth Freeman, of Myton Hospice, said: “We are extremely grateful to Irwin Mitchell for ensuring that the full costs of the care provided by The Myton Hospices are included in any mesothelioma claim.

“The substantial contribution made through mesothelioma claims will help us to continue caring for local people facing the end of their lives.”

Mr Tranter’s family were represented by law firm Irwin Mitchell.

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