An industrial disease claim may be launched by a pensioner who has appealed for help after being diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Alan Brown was told he had the fatal condition last November and subsequently now has just months to live, Journal Live reports.
Consequently, the 67-year-old has now urged his former colleagues to come forward and assist him, in his quest of trying to establish when and where he came into contact with asbestos.
Mr Brown told the news source that his diagnosis came "completely out of the blue" and means that he can no longer complete simple day-to-day tasks such as climbing the stairs.
He worked as an electrical engineer at Northumbria University for 25 years and may have been exposed to the life-threatening material during this time.
"It's just a ticking timebomb. You have no idea when or if it's going to kick in ... I'm trying to track down people who I worked with," Mr Brown added.
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Posted by Francesca Witney