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A man whose wife died of an asbestos-related illness has received compensation for the loss of her services in the home. The husband, who worked as a business development manager, received £647,840, the majority of which is made up of compensation in respect of the services his wife provided while they were married. The judge said that the married couple lived a traditional lifestyle with his wife carrying out the bulk of the household tasks including looking after the garden and decorating; her husband only performed a few DIY duties. The split of the compensation was £88,160 towards past services dependency and for future services dependency, he received £329,241.
His wife, 46, died of mesothelioma which had been linked to asbestos at the prison where she worked as an administrator. The claim for compensation was brought against the Ministry of Justice who admitted liability but who did not initially agree on the amount of compensation.
When working out how much compensation the man from Dorset should receive, the judge presiding over the case factored in the fact that the couple had an old-fashioned relationship and he found it believable that the man’s wife was a very house-proud person.
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