Sandra Anne Peterson believed she was exposed to asbestos decades ago, during her brief career as a factory worker. Now the 57-year-old United Kingdom grandmother is seeking answers after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, the rare but aggressive cancer caused primarily caused by exposure to asbestos.
According to the U.K.-based Shields Gazette, Peterson believes that she was exposed to asbestos while working in two factories as a teenager in the 1970s. In one factory, she made paper cigarette filters. There was a coating used in the manufacturing process, which she called “slurry.” Peterson believes that this coating contained asbestos. “The job was really dirty, and my overalls, face and hands got covered in fine, black dust — it even got up my nose and in my hair,” remembered Peterson. “I believe it contained the asbestos fibers which have made me sick.”
Peterson also believes asbestos fibers were commonly used to insulate electrical components at another factory where she worked from 1975 to 1976. Unfortunately for Peterson and others who labored under similar conditions, there were few, if any protections, to shield them from the toxic asbestos dust. “I was completely unaware of how dangerous asbestos could be back then,” said Peterson. “It is absolutely heartbreaking to think my illness may have been caused by working at these factories when I was a teenager.”
Peterson has retained a law firm experienced in industrial diseases to help her investigate exactly how she was exposed to the asbestos. Together they are seeking her former colleagues — people who may be able to “shed light on how the factories used asbestos and the working conditions she endured, so that we can get her the justice she deserves,” as her attorney put it.
“Sandra and her family are still coming to terms with the sad news she will never recover from this terrible illness, caused by simply going to work at these factories some 40 years ago when she was a teenager,” said her attorney.
Were you exposed to asbestos at a job site and developed mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related condition? You may be entitled to financial compensation in the form of a mesothelioma settlement. To learn more about your legal options, please contact Sokolove Law for a free case evaluation today.