11 February 2009
Asbestos-related cancer death results in compensation payout
A death caused by exposure to the hazardous insulating material asbestos has resulted in a payout, it has emerged.
Michael Smith died at the age of 52 from mesothelioma - a cancer which affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen and is associated with the inhalation of asbestos fibres.
His wife, Susan Smith, took legal action against two of his former employers after he passed away, the Burton Mail reports.
While Judge Oliver-Jones QC rejected her claim against J and M Morris (Electrical Contractors), he accepted that Mr Smith had been exposed to asbestos while working as a foreman for the Co-Op between 1982 and 1987.
During his time with the firm, he came into contact with asbestos roofing tiles while carrying out wiring work.
At a recent high court hearing in London, Ms Smith was awarded £703,347 in damages.
Mr Smith lost his battle with mesothelioma in May 2004.