17 April 2007
Widow launches asbestos cancer compensation bid
A widow in Lancashire has launched a legal challenge for compensation following the death of husband from a type of cancer linked to asbestos.
Jean Manning, from Carleton, Poulton-le-Fylde, has filed a lawsuit calling for compensation of up to £150,000 from company RMD Kwikform in the West Midlands, the Blackpool Citizen reports.
The legal bid at the High Court in London alleges that John Manning, 83, died of malignant mesothelioma in May 2004 as a direct result of working at ICI in Thornton between 1965 and 1982, where he was exposed to potentially deadly asbestos dust and fibres as he stripped lagging from pipework.
The writ has now been made publicly available and in it Mrs Manning accuses the company of negligence after her husband was exposed to high levels of asbestos without adequate provision of protective safety equipment or health warnings.
Mrs Manning, 77, has stated that her husband first started to develop symptoms of mesothelioma in autumn 2003, suffering disability, chest pain, breathlessness and a slow painful death. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that attacks the tissues surrounding the abdomen or lungs.
A window from Barford, near Warwick, is also taking a claim for compensation of up to £250,000 to the High Court, accusing her husband's employer Mitchell Construction, part of the Kinnear Moddie Group, of negligence. Sheila Reed claims that her 74-year-old husband Robert died in September 2006 of malignant mesothelioma as a direct result of his work as a civil engineer.