UK family wins asbestos compensation for man's mesothelioma deathThe family of UK man who was heavily exposed to asbestos in the 1960s and subsequently died of malignant mesothelioma recently was awarded asbestos compensation.
Ken Hogget was employed at the Ferrybridge power station when the facility's cooling towers collapsed in 1965, according to The Star. While nobody died in the incident, workers - including Hogget - were enveloped by clouds of asbestos-containing dust.
The inhalation of such dust has been conclusively linked to the development of a number of deadly illnesses such as malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
Hogget passed away in 2008 only two weeks after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma and his family filed an asbestos lawsuit against the company responsible for his exposure, Joseph Nadin Ltd., recovering £49,000.
"The case also serves to illuminate the hazards of the industry at the time," the family's mesothelioma attorney told the news source. "It’s likely many men will have some asbestos-induced disease dormant, which will come to light in the coming years, if it has not already."
In addition to filing the mesothelioma lawsuit, Hogget's family is warning his former co-workers about the potential danger of asbestos exposure.
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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