25 March 2009
Man dying from mesothelioma seeks compensation from insurers
A man who is terminally ill with the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma is attempting to find the liability insurers of his previous employers.
Ronald Tetlow was diagnosed with the condition, which affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen, in April 2007 and has been told by doctors that he only has months to live.
The 79-year-old was exposed to asbestos while working at Henry Crossley between 1959 and 1970.
Despite the fact that a court awarded him compensation of £110,000, he has not received any money yet because the firm has gone out of business.
He commented: "It is frustrating to know that the courts have awarded me this money but because no records have been kept to show who insured my employer when I worked there, I will be left with nothing."
Mr Tetlow is therefore seeking the insurers who provided cover to Henry Crossley while he worked for the company in a bid to get the payout.
He aims to leave a substantial legacy to his family.