20 August 2008
Mother of cancer victim secures £160k payout
The mother of a 56-year-old woman who died as a result of developing the cancer mesothelioma has secured compensation of £160,000.
Doreen Brown was awarded the sum during a high court hearing in London five years after the death of Linda Pyke, the Norwich Evening News reports.
Commenting on her courtroom success, the 84-year-old said: "I am pleased with the money but I won't spend it myself. I'm going to have some statues put on the gravestones of my family."
Ms Pyke had worked as a seamstress at a clothing factory for seven years.
During this time, she had handled Firemens' jackets which contained the dangerous insulating material asbestos.
The substance lay dormant in her lungs for a number of years before causing her to contract mesothelioma, a cancer which affects the mesothelial cells that cover the outer surface of some of the body's organs.