Jewson payout for asbestos cancer victim

Published:  09 October, 2012

BICESTER: A family has won compensation after Peter Wilkins died in March 2010, aged 82, four months after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer.

He had started a compensation claim against his employer, builders' merchant Jewson, in Launton near Bicester, before his death. His siblings continued the case after his death.

Solicitor Brigitte Chandler said the family won an out of court settlement of £70,000 against Jewson. She said the cancer he was diagnosed with was Òalmost alwaysÓ caused by asbestos.

The mill where Wilkins worked had an asbestos roof and sides that he frequently repaired. He also cut asbestos sheets to size for customers, saw asbestos guttering and handle asbestos pipes and water tanks, without wearing protective clothing, she said.

Ms Chandler believes Jewson could face more claims as it sold a number of of products containing asbestos between the 1950s and 1980s. Jewson declined to comment or reveal whether it had any other similar claims pending.

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