23 August 2007
Widow launches asbestos-cancer compensation claim
The widow of a man who died from asbestos-related cancer is launching a lawsuit to seek compensation.
Sheila Alsop of Iron Acton in Gloucestershire believes her husband Lionel developed the condition while employed as an apprentice carpenter for Wilkins and Coventry in Bristol between 1953 and 1963.
His death from mesothelioma came just months into his retirement in 2005.
Ms Alsop told the Gazette: "My husband was a fit man who had his life cut short because he was exposed years ago to asbestos.
"We had just bought a camper man before he was diagnosed and hoped to spend our retirement travelling all over the country.
"Now, not only has his life been cut short but so has mine. We were so close and I badly miss him each day."
Ms Alsop's lawyer is seeking the compensation from Wilkins and Coventry's insurance provider, after her husband's former employers folded.