19 January 2009
Widow of cancer victim seeks compensation
The widow of a man who died from alleged exposure to the harmful insulating material asbestos has begun legal action in a bid to secure a payout.
Roger Cass died in March 2006 at the age of 77 after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer which affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen and is more common among men than women.
According to his wife, Irene, he may have come into contact with asbestos while working as an architect on the Elgin Estate in North Paddington, the London Informer reports.
He is said to have been involved in a project to remove cladding which contained the material.
Mr Cass also worked for in the housing division, then for the technical information group and technical support unit for the then-London county council.
Commenting on her late husband's death, Ms Cass said: "Following the diagnosis of mesothelioma, Roger's condition deteriorated rapidly."
She added that he is "missed dearly".
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