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Haxton v Phillips Electronics [2014]

Facts

  • The defendant had caused the claimant’s husband to contract an asbestos related illness which led to his death
  • The claimant’s life expectancy had been reduced by the washing of her husband’s clothes in the past, indirectly caused by the defendant

Issue

  • Could damages for the claimant be reduced in accordance with her new life expectancy

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • It is correct to account for life expectancy in the interest of fairness
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