10 November 2008
Company issues compensation following asbestos-related death
The former employer of a man who died as a result of exposure to asbestos has awarded compensation to his widow.
John Warnes died at the age of 70 in July 2005 from the cancer mesothelioma, which can affect the tissue surrounding the lungs or the abdomen.
He had worked as a general repair man and mechanic at RAF fields both in the UK and abroad, the Norwich Evening News reports.
In a new development, his ex-employers have given the late worker's wife, Anne, £80,000 in compensation in an out-of-court settlement.
Ms Warnes, who was married to her husband for 50 years, had taken on his legal battle when he became too ill to continue it himself.
She stated: "It has been really hard work and has taken more than three years for everything to come to a head. There has been a lot of work going on in the background, it is not an easy task for anyone to take on, but I am glad I did."
Alison Kerr, personal injury partner at Russell Jones & Walker, commented: "Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lung which rarely occurs except where someone has been exposed to asbestos, often 30 or 40 years before they develop symptoms.
"What is particularly tragic is that many employers knew that asbestos was dangerous but still did not protect their workers from it."