05 March 2009
Family of mesothelioma victim secure £130k in compensation
The family of a man who died from the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma have been awarded a payout of £130,000, it has been revealed.
Norman Perry died at the age of 70 in April 2006 six months after being diagnosed with the condition, the Shropshire Star reports.
He had worked at the Salopian Building Company as a carpenter from 1964.
In 1972, he was promoted to foreman and worked exclusively at the Ministry of Defence ordinance depot in Donnington, where he was exposed to asbestos.
Following his death, bosses from the former firm admitted negligence.
Mr Perry's partner, Joyce Reynolds, stated: "This was the most important part of the process for us.
"No amount of money can make up for Norman’s tragic and untimely death, but the admission by Salopian Building Company made us feel we had achieved justice for him."
According to the Health and Safety Executive, the delay between initial exposure to asbestos and death from mesothelioma is typically between 30 and 40 years.