20 August 2007
Six-figure asbestos claim for former engineer
A man dying of terminal cancer has sued his former employers for a quarter of a million pounds, claiming that while working for them he was exposed to deadly asbestos, reports the Hartlepool Mail.
After contracting mesothelioma, retired engineer Glen Watt, 69, has claimed that he acquired the disease while labouring as a fitter for Richardsons Westgarth and then while employed by a number of other firms during the years between 1954 and 1965.
Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer of the lungs that can strike those who have been exposed to asbestos.
The case, which saw the writ launched last month, includes a total of 15 negligence-related allegations against Mr Watt's former employers.
On the claim form, which was seen by the Hartlepool Mail, Mr Watt says that he has been given approximately six months to live and that the alleged negligence may have reduced his life expectancy by up to 20 years.