12 April 2007
Retired fitter launches asbestos cancer compensation claim
A 68-year-old retired fitter has launched a claim for £200,000 compensation after contracting malignant mesothelioma.
Allan Ashton of Hyde, in Manchester is suing his former employers BTR Fatati and Rhodia, claiming he contracted the disease after being exposed to asbestos, which causes the condition.
After complaining of chest pains in 2006, it was discovered that Mr Ashton had contracted the asbestos-related cancer and he has now issued a writ in the High Court with the hope of bringing legal action against the company.
Mr Ashton had worked for the company between 1957 and 1982, where part of his work involving handling asbestos lagging in order to fit gantries to press heads.
The writ also alleges that Mr Ashton was exposed to asbestos while working in close proximity to laggers who were applying new asbestos lagging to pipes.
In March, the government revealed a series of proposals set to facilitate and fast-track the process of claims for victims of asbestos cancer.
Under the terms of the proposals spouses of people who contracted the disease from physical contact will also be able to claim compensation.