Dying woman wins asbestos compensation

An unnamed 61-year-old woman has been awarded compensatory damages from Turner and Newall after being exposed to asbestos.

The woman's lawyers confirmed she was given the payment after convincing trustees at the firm she developed a deadly form of mesothelioma when she lived 500 yards away from the factory when she was growing up, according to Wigan Today.

At first the mother of three, who used to be a keen runner, visited her GP because she noticed an unusual shortness of breath as she went about her day-to-day life. A later chest x-ray revealed she had developed the incurable lung disease.

Local solicitors have managed to secure damages of over £70,000 from the Turner and Newall Asbestos Trust, which was established in 2001 in order to compensate people that had been exposed to particles from its historic factory.

The 61-year-old claimant welcomed the damages, but said it has been a distressing time for both her and the rest of her family.

"When we were growing up, clouds of asbestos dust were visible in the air and would get on our clothes. I spent my childhood playing in the fields that surrounded the plant," she added.

"I remember asbestos dust being brought in to our house on the shoes and clothes of visitors; it lined the outside window panes. This illness has completely shattered my life."

The woman's solicitors highlighted how this case shows that no matter how long ago exposure may have taken place, compensation can still be sought - especially if a trust has been put in place to award damages to those affected by now defunct companies.

While the payments awarded to the unnamed 61-year-old will not help her to recover from her incurable lung condition, they will allow her and other close relatives to enjoy her last few months with slightly more comfort.

It is unclear if others near the site of the former factory were affected by asbestos exposure.

By Chris Stevenson