03 April 2009
Compensation awarded after man dies from mesothelioma
A local authority has issued compensation to the widow of a man who died from the cancer mesothelioma.
The victim, who has not been named, worked as a chemistry teacher in east Sussex.
He was diagnosed with the condition in 2007 and died five months later at the age of 61.
Caused by exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma affects around five times as many men as it does women, figures cited by Cancer Research UK suggest.
In a warning to others, the former teacher's widow said: "You only need to be exposed to such a small amount of asbestos and it can kill you.
"My husband just didn't know what danger he was exposing himself to on a daily basis."
In a recent development, East Sussex county council awarded her compensation of £290,000.
A spokesperson for the organisation said that she was not able to comment on specific cases but added that the council takes its responsibilities for asbestos management "very seriously".