A WOMAN whose husband died from a cancer linked to asbestos has launched a legal battle for compensation of up to £150,000.
Alfred Taylor, 79, of Denby Dale, died from malignant mesothelioma, a cancer of the tissues surrounding his lungs or abdomen, says a writ issued at the High Court in London.
Now his widow, Catherine, of Trinity Drive, Denby Dale, is claiming damages from the Liverpool-based North West Strategic Health Authority and Liverpool City Council, whom she blames for his death.
The court will be told that her husband developed the terminal cancer through his work and died on May 1, 2003.
The writ says Mr Taylor was exposed to deadly asbestos dust and fibres when he worked for the health authority and council as a boilerman between 1955 and 1957, and 1958 and 1960 respectively.
He worked at Mill Road Hospital in Liverpool and swimming baths in the city. He had to strip asbestos insulation from boilers and pipework for maintenance and repair work, the court will hear.
He also swept up asbestos debris and this also caused him to inhale asbestos, the writ says.
Mr Taylor began to suffer breathlessness and weight loss in the autumn of 2002. After medical investigations, he was diagnosed as suffering from malignant mesothelioma.
His condition got worse and he suffered increasing chest pain, breathlessness, weight loss, debility and dependence on others until his death.
Mrs Taylor says the health authority and council were negligent. She says they failed to provide protective equipment, did not damp down asbestos, failed to warn her husband of the dangers to his health and did not provide a safe system and place of work.
Her claim is the latest in a series of legal actions brought by cancer victims or their relatives from all over the country.