21 February 2007
Woman wins £100,000 damages from MOD
A woman who contracted an asbestos-related cancer is to receive £100,000 compensation from the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
Debbie Brewer developed mesolthelioma in her lung from hugging her father, who worked in the MOD's Devenport Dockyard in 1966 and who died of cancer last year.
The condition afflicting the woman, who is a mother of three, is untreatable and she has been told her life expectancy may be as short as nine months.
The MOD accepted liability after the court found that the woman had not been exposed to cancer-causing chemicals in the duration of her working life and that she could only have contracted the condition from her father.
Commenting on the court's decision Mrs Brewer said: "I'm not jumping for joy, I am glad that my claim has been proved right but it is a victory tainted by the sadness that the situation ever came about,
"There is no cure for me - I have no future," she added.
A recent insurance survey found that claims related to diseases from exposure to asbestos could be as high as £20 billion over the next 30 years.