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Shepton Mallet widow wins damages over husband's asbestos death

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: February 23, 2013

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A Somerset widow has been awarded substantial damages after her husband died from exposure to asbestos almost 50 years ago.

Edward Gommo, from Shepton Mallet, worked as a fitter’s mate for a Bristol engineering company and was sent to work at hospital building projects across the South West.

Pipework at the hospitals was lagged with asbestos and there would often be asbestos dust over the floors, said Brigitte Chandler, the Swindon solicitor from Charles Lucas & Marshall, a law firm handling compensation claims for asbestos-related diseases.

Mr Gommo was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2010 and died a few months later at the age of 69. A case was brought on behalf of Mr Gommo’s widow against the insurers of the firm he worked for, Arthur Skull & Son, and Drake & Skull Engineering, whose head offices were in White House Lane in Bristol.

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