A Swindon woman has received £117,000 in compensation from British Rail following the death of her husband from asbestos exposure which occurred 70 years ago.
Kathleen Morgan, of Wiltshire Avenue, Swindon brought the case after a post-mortem showed her husband, Kenneth, did not develop the disease until 2010, aged 86. He began to suffer health problems in the June of that year and died in November.
The settlement was reached out of court with British Rail also agreeing to pay all legal costs.
Mrs Morgan’s solicitor, Brigitte Chandler, a leading industrial disease lawyer and partner with Swindon law firm, Charles Lucas & Marshall, who has represented many hundreds of railway workers over the last 30 years, says the case shows how long it can take for asbestos disease to develop.
“It is important for people who worked on the railways to remain vigilant if they were exposed to asbestos,” she says. “If they develop any sort of chest problems they should visit their GP.”
Mr Morgan worked at the Swindon Railway Works from the age of 15, starting as an errand boy. He then became an apprentice fitter, turner and erector, working in the notorious AE Workshop where locomotives came in for maintenance and repair and where boilers were coated with thick asbestos.
Mrs Morgan also worked in at the railway works during the war, heating rivets in the boiler shop where she was exposed to asbestos.
She belongs to the Swindon and South West Asbestos Group – a regional charity which provides support groups and a free advice service to people suffering from asbestos disease and their families.
The widows group meets twice a month for friendship and support and organizes a variety of social trips and outings.
For further information contact Brigitte Chandler on 01793-511055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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