An industrial disease claim has been launched by a pensioner in Carlisle after he contracted malignant mesothelioma.
According to local news source the News and Star, 72-year-old James Murray is seeking compensation worth as much as £200,000 against Carlisle City Council as he believes he was exposed to asbestos during his time working there and for the HM Prison Service.
Mr Murray's writ served to the High Court stated that he worked for the local authority between 1954 and 1963 before then operating with the prison service for 27 years between 1972 and 1999.
It is claimed the man regularly came into contact with the lethal substance throughout his time with both organisations and, in May, it was confirmed Mr Murray's condition was terminal and he was given a year to live.
Recently, widow Elizabeth Wolff was awarded more than £250,000 in damages after her husband died of mesothelioma in 2007.
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Posted by Francesca Witney