07 January 2009
Mother diagnosed with cancer to sue over alleged asbestos exposure
A mother who has been diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma is suing her local authority.
According to the 48-year-old, she was exposed to the hazardous insulating material while at Bowring Comprehensive school in Huyton, the Liverpool Echo reports.
She is now seeking damages from Knowsley council in relation to her condition, which is a terminal cancer that affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen and is more common among men than women.
The woman, who wished to remain unnamed, was diagnosed with the cancer in spring 2007.
Commenting on her illness, she said: "I have undergone chemotherapy, massive surgery and recently been admitted to the intensive care unit.
"I have been very poorly with the illness. I hope no other pupils end up in the same boat as me."
A spokesperson for the local authority stated that it intends to contest her case, which is expected to be heard early this year.
Alsion Kerr, personal injury partner at Russell Jones & Walker, commented: "Mesothelioma is a comparatively rare cancer in women but unfortunately there will be cases like this where there was exposure during childhood which only becomes apparent many years later."