Family of man killed by asbestos to pursue damages?

The family of an elderly man who passed away in the summer of last year due to an asbestos-related disease may decide to seek a settlement for damages.

According to the Whitby Gazette, an inquest has ruled that Raymond Wilson, who was 79 years old when he died in 2010, passed away because he came into contact with the deadly substance "for decades without protection".

This was because Mr Wilson worked for chemical plant company ICI - which was taken over by Dutch company AkzoNobel Corporate in January 2008 - and what was then known as the Whitby Urban District Council for many years before he was warned about the dangers of asbestos towards the end of his working life in the late 1980s.

As a result of this exposure, Mr Wilson was diagnosed with mesothelioma in July 2010 and Scarborough County Court heard that the coroner "found traces of both the blue and brown types of asbestos" in his system.

Posted by Helen Jones

07/01/2011 16:40