17 March 2009
Legal battle continues after man dies from mesothelioma
The legal battle begun by a man who was diagnosed with the industrial disease mesothelioma is continuing after his death.
According to reports in the Halesowen News, the family of Kelvin Parker have taken up the fight and are appealing for his former work colleagues to come forward with information which may help their case.
Mr Parker was diagnosed with the cancer, which affects the mesothelial cells lining the lungs or abdomen, in August 2007. He died in November.
His relatives are seeking compensation from TIS Modular Structures, a firm which the father-of-three worked for in the 1970s and 1980s.
While on a long-term contract at the firm, he was involved with fitting suspended ceilings.
His daughter Natalie Parker said: "None of us had ever heard of this illness before and it was a terrible shock to discover that it was caused by being exposed to asbestos dust and there is no known cure."
Alison Kerr, partner at Russell Jones & Walker, commented: "Anyone employed in construction 20 or 30 years ago is likely to have come into contact with asbestos and sadly a number are likely to develop mesothelioma."