Settlement for asbestos worker’s lung cancer06 April 2009
Lung Cancer caused by asbestos exposure
Miriam Dean, 68, from Uxbridge has received the settlement after her husband of 46 years, Roy, died of lung cancer in June 2007.
Roy, aged 69, was exposed to asbestos while working at the Cape factory in Uxbridge between 1954 and 1956 and again between 1958 and 1961 where he cut sheets of asbestos using a circular machine saw.
Exposed to asbestos while working for Cape
He was exposed to asbestos on a daily basis while working for Cape.
The dad of three and granddad of seven was diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2006 and contacted asbestos claims experts Thompsons Solicitors for legal advice. Following his death Miriam continued the claim.
She said: “When he was first diagnosed Roy had no idea his exposure to asbestos could lead to lung cancer and when he was told he had a matter of months to live he was determined to find out more about it.
“Thompsons Solicitors was able to help us prove that Roy’s asbestos exposure had contributed to his cancer.
“He was very concerned that I should be looked after following his death.”
Proving lung cancer was caused by asbestos is an area which requires specialist legal expertise
The relationship between asbestos exposure and cigarette smoking greatly increases the risk of lung cancer. The Health and Safety Executive estimate that for every person who develops the fatal asbestos cancer mesothelioma, at least one more person develops lung cancer due to asbestos exposure.
Andrew Venn from Thompsons Solicitors said: “Proving lung cancer was caused by asbestos is an area which requires specialist legal expertise. In this case we were able to obtain medical and other evidence which demonstrated that asbestos exposure had more than doubled the risk of lung cancer. As a result of the strength of the case we were able to reach an out of court settlement on terms which were favourable to Mrs Dean.”
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