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Widow Wins Claim After Husband’s Death from Asbestos on Buckinghamshire Construction Sites

A widow has won a settlement of £240,000 following her husband’s death from asbestos related cancer, caused by his work on construction sites in the High Wycombe area.

Timothy Kent, from Oxfordshire, died in July 2009, aged 62, after being diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer – almost always caused by asbestos. He worked for YJL Lovell Construction between 1970 – 1974 as a self-employed brick-layer.

Brigitte Chandler, a lawyer with Thames Valley firm, Charles Lucas & Marshall and one of the UK’s leading specialists in industrial disease litigation, brought the claim against YJL Construction Northern, previously YJ Lovell Construction.

It is believed Mr Kent came into contact with asbestos while constructing factory units at the Marlow Trading Centre, Wycombe and then at factories being built in Tannery Road, Wycombe Marsh.

“Sadly Mr Kent’s case is typical of what is happening now,” said Brigitte Chandler. “Asbestos was widely used in the building industry in the 1960s and 70s and people who worked in the industry are now suffering as a result. The number of people dying from asbestos cancer is expected to peak in the next few years.”

The company, YJ Lovell Construction, accepted that Mr Kent had been breathing contaminated air and that they had failed to provide an acceptable level of health and safety protection. Mr Kent was working near an area where asbestos sheets were being cut.

Mr Kent was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2007 and underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy. His widow, Patricia, has been compensated for the loss of her husband’s income, his services around the home and for the nursing care she had to provide.

Swindon and South West Asbestos Group is a regional charity formed about 11 years ago, providing information and support groups for asbestos sufferers and their families.

The Swindon and South West Asbestos Group is a regional charity which provides support groups and a free advice service to people suffering from asbestos disease and their families.

They now offer home visits to sufferers in the Swindon area to advise on benefits available.

For further details contact Swindon and South West Asbestos Group, telephone 01793 532995 e-mail: info@asbestosgroup.co.uk or visit www.asbestosgroup.co.uk

For further information contact Brigitte Chandler on 01793-511055 or brigitte.chandler@clmlaw.co.uk

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