A man whose wife died of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen and is almost exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos, has won an undisclosed amount in compensation.
June Probin, who was a trained nurse, knew when she was diagnosed with mesothelioma that it was caused by asbestos exposure. The disease has no cure and Mrs Probin died, aged 67, just five months after the diagnosis.
Mrs Probin had been exposed to asbestos because of her father’s job. He worked as a boilermaker at the Crewe Railway Works, part of British Rail Engineering. When he came home for lunch and in the evening, his overalls were covered in asbestos dust. Although Mrs Probin left home when she was 17, she frequently returned to visit her parents and was thereby further exposed to the deadly substance.
Mrs Probin’s father was never warned by his employers about the potential dangers of working with asbestos. Consequently, he had no idea that he was exposing his daughter to the risk of developing a fatal illness fifty years later.
Jack Probin, June’s husband, continued with her personal injury claim after she died and has received an undisclosed amount in compensation.
Unfortunately, Mrs Probin’s case is not that uncommon – many people have been exposed to asbestos dust indirectly as a result of contact with a family member’s work clothes.
Asbestos-related illnesses are among the most common industrial diseases in the UK. We are experienced in handling claims for all kinds of industrial injuries.