Asbestos compensation awarded to UK mesothelioma victim's familyThe family of a British mesothelioma victim was recently awarded £48,000 in asbestos compensation, according to BBC News.
Reg Grimshaw worked at a steelworks in Scunthorpe from 1938 to 1993 where it is believed that he was exposed to asbestos from the insulation in the facility.
Tata Steel, the current owners of the property, admitted that Grimshaw was exposed to asbestos on the property.
"Mr. Grimshaw was exposed to asbestos on the Scunthorpe steelworks when the site was run by British Steel and its predecessor companies," the company said.
Although Grimshaw was 88 when he passed away, his relatives said that he was active until his malignant mesothelioma took hold.
"He went from being fit virtually one week, carrying out his daily activities as [normal], to suddenly starting to feel breathless," his daughter, Lynne Goodall, told the news source. "After that he never drove again. He couldn't do any physical activity, to the point of being bedridden by the sixth week."
Mesothelioma isn't the only disease caused by asbestos exposure as the naturally occurring substance can cause asbestosis and lung cancer as well.
Drywall tapers with asbestos exposure may develop mesothelioma, http://www.gza.com/App_Themes/gza_112307/Mesothelioma%20in%20Drywall%20Finishing%20Workers.pdf , 8/16/12
Tunnel worker develops mesothelioma after asbestos exposure in British Royal Family residence, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9331225/Electrician-developed-terminal-cancer-from-asbestos-in-Sandringham-tunnels.html, 6/20/12
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Former UK council worker seeks asbestos compensation after developing mesothelioma, Ed Michler, 10/11/11
UK family seeking asbestos compensation after woman's death due to indirect exposure, Ed Michler, 10/10/11