30 April 2010
Sisters win compensation over mesothelioma death
A group of sisters have been awarded compensation after their sibling died from the industrial disease mesothelioma.
Beverley McKnight was killed by the condition after she came into contact with asbestos dust on the work clothes of her father, Plymouth newspaper the Herald reports.
She was 46 years old when she lost her battle with the illness.
In a new development, her family has won a five-figure sum from the Ministry of Defence, which admitted liability.
One of the claimants, Anne Mure, said: "The dockyard took our sister away. No way should that girl have been gone at 46. It was an absolutely tragic end to her life."
She added that the money should have been paid while Ms Mcknight had still been alive as this would have made her life easier.
Mesothelioma is just one of a number of conditions associated with exposure to asbestos dust, with others including pleural plaques and asbestosis.
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