Widower awarded £95k after industrial disease claim

A five-figure compensation sum has been awarded to a widower whose wife passed away due to an asbestos-related disease.

Helene Todd died at the age of 66 from mesothelioma in 2010 just seven months after she was diagnosed with the condition.

The woman came into contact with the lethal substance while she washed her husband's overalls between 1968 and 1979 when he served as a sergeant with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

During this time, Mr Todd was required to work on various military vehicles where asbestos was regularly used and he subsequently took legal action against the Ministry of Defence on the grounds it was responsible for her death.

And the government department - which is led by secretary of state Philip Hammond MP - has now accepted liability for Mrs Todd's passing and, according to the News & Star, has awarded Mr Todd damages of £95,000.

"I still desperately miss Helene and I can't help but feel guilty that she was exposed to the dust on my work clothes," he commented.

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05/04/2012 16:58