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Widow awarded mesothelioma compensation

The wife of a former London docks supervisor who died from mesothelioma has won her bid for compensation.

The widow was awarded £177,000 in an out-of-court settlement following her industrial disease claim against her late husband's former employer, the Port of London Authority.

He had worked on the London docks for many years and was regularly exposed to the asbestos dust that eventually led to him developing the fatal mesothelioma. Less than four years after retiring, the ex-docker was dead, robbed of his retirement with his wife and children by the tragic industrial disease.

The man's widow told reporters, "It was incredibly sad to see my husband go from being a relatively active man who enjoyed gardening and doing bits of DIY, to being a total invalid."

Commenting on her successful compensation claim, she said, "No amount of money can make up for the loss of the person you loved and shared your life with.

"If employers knew of the dangers of asbestos and did little or nothing to protect their employees, those employees and their families deserve justice."

The Manchester-based no win, no fee personal injury solicitor who handled the case on the widow's behalf painted a bleak picture for the future of those who have worked with asbestos, saying, "Asbestos-related disease will increase over the next 10 to 15 years as people who were exposed to it during their working lives in the fifties, sixties and seventies develop symptoms."

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