Loved Ones and Legal Experts Launch Appeal Linked to Devastating Mesothelioma Diagnosis
The devastated family of a former machine worker are calling on his former colleagues for help following his death from asbestos-related cancer.
Father-of-two James Bangert died in November 2020, just two months after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. A cancer of the lining of the lung, mesothelioma is commonly associated with asbestos exposure, often decades previously.
Lawyers investigate after Hertfordshire man diagnosed with mesothelioma
Prior to his death aged 91, James, of Stevenage instructed specialist asbestos-related disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate how he developed the illness. His loved ones are now continuing the search for answers in his memory and they are now specifically seeking information from anyone who may have worked with James at:
• British Aerospace in Stevenage from 1955 to 1965
• International Computers Limited also in Stevenage from 1965 to 1971
• Pope & Meads Limited in Ware from 1971 to 1972
• Skeltools in Letchworth from 1972 and 1993
The appeal comes ahead of Action Mesothelioma Day. Taking place on July 2, the event is a time to reflect on the terrible legacy of the illness and the importance of upholding safety standards at all times.
Mesothelioma has awful impact on so many lives
Laura Morrison, the legal expert at Irwin Mitchell representing James’s family, including daughter Angela Tamayo, said: “James’s death is sadly yet another case that puts a spotlight on the awful impact that mesothelioma has on so many lives.
“Following his diagnosis James’s condition rapidly deteriorated. Understandably Angela and the rest of the family remain devastated by James’s death. The grief is made worse by not knowing how he was exposed to the asbestos that claimed his life.
“As such, we would be very grateful if any of his former workmates might be able to provide some support.
“Any detail, no matter how small, could prove pivotal as we look to help his family gain answers and they deserve.”
Asbestos-related disease: James Bangert's story
James started work aged 14 as a lathe turner before moving to British Aerospace. Following that, he made computer parts for International Computers Limited for around ten years. At the start of the 1970s, he moved to Skeltools. The family told their legal team at Irwin Mitchell that they believed that the pipework in the factories were lagged with asbestos and that maintenance staff may have carried out repair work in the vicinity of James’ work station without adequate precaution and swept up asbestos dust and debris.
Angela Margaret Tamayo, 53, of Stevenage, said: “Dad first displayed symptoms of mesothelioma in August last year. His diagnosis came shortly after and he quickly got very ill. It was incredibly difficult to see him go through his struggles with the illness and we all miss him so much.
“Dad was such a loving and caring person who would do anything for his family. He was never happier than when spending time with his family or when he was playing golf or spending time in the garden.
Daughter appeals for help following Stevenage dad's mesothelioma death
“We know nothing can ever make up for dad’s death but we’d be hugely grateful to anyone who might be able to shed some light on the working conditions that he faced during his time at these companies.
“We’re determined to get some answers regarded how this happened and at least honour his memory.”
Anyone with information regarded this case can contact Laura Morrison on 0207 400 8778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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