Woman Diagnosed With Terminal Asbestos-Related Cancer Takes Legal Battle To High Court

Expert Industrial Disease Lawyers Issue High Court Proceedings Against Darlington Woman’s Former Employers In Bid For Answers

15.04.2016

Dave Grimshaw, Press Officer | 0114 274 4397

A Darlington woman diagnosed with terminal asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma, has taken an important step in her legal battle for answers concerning how and why she was exposed to asbestos by issuing proceedings in the High Court.

Valerie Cameron, 57, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in May 2015 after suffering with a cough and feeling breathless for a number of months.

Expert asbestos-related disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have now issued High Court proceedings against Rothmans cigarette factory in Darlington, on her behalf.

Valerie worked at the factory between 1976 and 1979 and recalls a period of six months during her employment when construction was taking place on a new extension. It was during that time she believes she was exposed to the deadly dust and fibres.

She said external contractors were involved in demolition and building work and that asbestos lagging was removed from pipework during this time, which created a dirty and dusty environment for the Rothmans’ workers.

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“Both Valerie and her family are understandably extremely upset and angry that she has been given this devastating diagnosis and now just want answers as to how she could have become exposed to such a dangerous substance.

“Mesothelioma is a very aggressive and incurable cancer which causes a significant amount of pain and suffering for victims like Valerie who may have been unknowingly exposed at work.

“Employers should have been well aware of the dangers asbestos posed to workers and measures should have put in place to protect members of staff, and in turn their families, from the deadly substance.

"Nothing, sadly, is going to change Valerie’s diagnosis. But we hope, by taking the matter to the High Court, Valerie can get the answers she and her family are seeking.”
Roger Maddocks, Partner

Valerie said: “My mesothelioma diagnosis was absolutely shocking and I’m still struggling to come to terms with it. I am very concerned about what the future hold for me as the condition develops.

“I have always been independent and was working at the time of my diagnosis but due to my illness I have been unable to continue and have had to move in with my mother so she can help me as my symptoms worsen.

“I hope that my former colleagues at Rothmans will come forward with the information I need about the presence of asbestos at the factory and the safety measures put in place to protect us.

Anyone with information on the working conditions at Rothmans should contact Emma Crowther on 01642 246915 or email Emma.Crowther@IrwinMitchell.com

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