UK woman sues husband’s former employers over his mesothelioma death

A Lichfield, UK woman whose husband died of malignant mesothelioma seeks damages of up to £350,000 from his former employer, who she claims exposed him to asbestos.

William Hooley worked for Balfour Beatty Workplace, previously trading as Troughton & Young, between 1961 and 1966, according to the Lichfield Mercury. While performing work on a contract in London for the firm, Hooley worked on a team replacing old asbestos in a boiler room, the lawsuit claims. The removal exposed Hooley to asbestos dust and particles, and his employers did not warn him of the health risks associated with inhaling the asbestos, nor did they provide him with breathing masks or other protective equipment, Hazel Hooley alleges. She also claims that her husband was not even told to clean his overalls, which were allegedly coated with asbestos dust, after finishing work.

Hooley was diagnosed with malingnant mesothelioma in 2008, and died soon after at the age of 70.

Those who believe they’ve been exposed to asbestos in the workplace and have developed mesothelioma as a result may be able to attain compensation from their former employer. To initiate a lawsuit, victims of asbestos exposure can contact a mesothelioma attorney.