21 November 2007
Widow launches £300k compensation bid
A widow from the north-east whose late husband died of asbestos-related cancer has initiated a legal fight for compensation of over £300,000, the Evening Gazette reports.
According to a writ issued in London's High Court, John Rose died last year from malignant mesothelioma, a rare disease in which cancer cells develop in the lining of the chest, abdominal cavity or the lining around the heart.
His wife, Alison, is now claiming damages from her husband's former employers ICI Chemicals, for whom he served as a process engineer at factories in Billingham and Severnside between 1961 and 1992.
Mr Rose developed chest pains and became breathless during January 2006 and his condition was diagnosed several months later and, despite chemotherapy, he died in December.
The writ claims that his life was cut short by approximately 15 years as a result of his exposure to asbestos during his career.