02 December 2008
Son launches legal battle for father who died from asbestos exposure
A man has begun a legal battle for compensation after losing his father to the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma.
Caused by previous exposure to the insulating material, the cancer is increasing in prevalence in the UK and affects the linings of the lungs or abdomen in its sufferers.
Leslie Wood lost his life to the condition in September last year at the age of 87, the Norwich Evening News reports.
He had operated in several different locations during his career as a carpenter and could have come into contact with asbestos in many of them.
His son, Ivor, is therefore appealing for information from people who may have information concerning his father and from his former colleagues.
According to Mr Wood, watching his father's demise as a result of mesothelioma was one of the worst things he has had to witness.
He said: "This is not about compensation, but for justice to the suffering people have had to endure and their loved ones left to wonder why."