UK woman seeking asbestos compensation for carpenter's mesothelioma deathA UK woman is fighting to obtain asbestos compensation after her partner died of malignant mesothelioma.
Marion Collins filed an asbestos lawsuit against the former employer of Gerald Giles, reports the Eastbourne Herald.
According to a High Court writ, Giles worked as an apprentice carpenter for Nicholls and Shoosmith, of Blackboys in the 1940s and 1950s, a time when asbestos was still widely present in construction materials.
The news provider reports that Giles' work involved putting up asbestos roofing, tearing down asbestos-containing walls with a crowbar and breaking up asbestos sheeting.
All of these activities undoubtedly caused asbestos fibers to become airborne. When such airborne fibers are inhaled they can cause a number of serious diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer that typically attacks the lining of the lungs.
The newspaper The Mirror reports that one person dies of this cancer every five hours in the UK.
In her asbestos compensation claim, Collins - who lived with Giles for 10 years - says that the employers were negligent and is seeking up to £150,000, reports the Herald.