An industrial disease claim may be launched by the family of a doctor who has passed away due to an asbestos-related disease.
According to the Burton Mail, consultant orthopaedic surgeon Geoffrey Newton has died at the Nightingale Macmillan unit at the Royal Derby Hospital from mesothelioma after being diagnosed with the condition around two years ago.
The inquest into his death is expected to establish he came into contact with the lethal substance around 40 years ago as family members have confirmed a boiler he used contained asbestos.
His widow Pat told the news source Dr Newton was an "outstandingly gifted professional" and a "brilliant surgeon" who was adored by his patients.
"He had a knack with them and really was very good. His nursing staff also thought very highly of him," she added.
Mrs Newton and her family may now decide to seek damages on behalf of her husband.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson