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MoD sued by widow of Plymouth shipworker

The widow of a former shipwright and draughtsman, who died from lung cancer aged 84, is seeking asbestos compensation from the Ministry of Defence

The woman's husband had worked at the MoD's Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth, and on a number of ships, from 1947 to 1986 and it is believed it was during this time that he was exposed to asbestos fibres which caused his fatal industrial illness.

He died in June 2010, and his wife has now, with the help of personal injury solicitors, issued a writ in the High Court for asbestos compensation totalling £250,000.

The shipworker had already successfully sued the MoD in 2000, being awarded £17,500 for asbestos-related illness, on the condition that his illness would not deteriorate.

However, with the onset of asbestos-related lung cancer, his condition deteriorated rapidly and he died just weeks after the full diagnosis was made.

The court will hear that until February 2009, the former shipyard worker had been an active, happy man who enjoyed gardening and was full of energy.

The asbestos compensation writ claims that during the last illness he suffered, the deceased was very anxious and distressed, suffering a bloody cough and bedsores. It claims he lost 3.6 years of his life as a direct result of the asbestos cancer.


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