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Widow seeks settlement following asbestos related death

The widow of a retired painter and decorator who sadly died as a result of lung cancer just seven months following his diagnosis, is seeking justice from his employer who is believed to have failed to warn him of the risks which ultimately led to his asbestos related death.

Employed by the same business for 15 years from 1960, he worked on premises such as schools, public houses and restaurants removing old paint and degraded materials before repainting the areas.

Asbestos inhalation in confined spaces

He would often have to remove asbestos lagging from pipes which needed painting. Asbestos dust was released during the course of this and with no protection provided, and no knowledge of the danger he was placing himself in, he regularly inhaled asbestos in confined spaces increasing his risk.

Carrying out these duties on a frequent basis, and with no protection, his exposure to asbestos dust led to a diagnosis of lung cancer several decades later. Although our client’s husband underwent cancer treatment, it was found that the lung cancer had spread and no further treatment could be provided.

It was concluded at an inquest into his death that he had suffered from cancer of the lung and pulmonary fibrosis caused by asbestos exposure.

The Health and Safety Executive estimates that there may be more than 2,000 asbestos related cancer deaths in Great Britain each year.

If you, or someone you know, may have been exposed to significant quantities of asbestos, the tell-tale signs may include:

• shortness of breath
• a persistent cough
• wheezing
• fatigue
• chest pain
• in more advanced cases, clubbed (swollen) fingertips

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important to seek medical advice sooner rather than later. If you are sadly diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening or asbestos related lung cancer, you may be entitled to claim for compensation for your injuries.

Our team of occupational disease specialists have extensive experience in these matters and understand the upset an asbestos related diagnosis can cause both to the individual affected, and their families. Contact a member of our team for sensitive and confidential advice.

You can speak to a member of our team on 0161 835 8832. Alternatively, please email a summary of your potential claim and contact details to

Find out more about our Occupational Disease department

Written by Jon Andrews. Find out more about Jon here. 

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