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Secondary Asbestos Exposure Claims Live of UK Widow

The family of an 86-year old woman from the town of Skelton in the United Kingdom is preparing to file a lawsuit over her death from the rare cancer mesothelioma, which is caused by exposure to asbestos. Mary Pointer never worked in an industrial setting where asbestos was present, but for years she laundered her husband’s work clothes, which were covered with asbestos dust from his years working for the Central Electricity Generating Board at the Marchwood Power Station in Southampton. Ronald Pointer worked for the company in its boiler room for fifteen years.

It has been well established that the kind of exposure to asbestos that Mary Pointer had is more than sufficient to cause mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. Known as secondary exposure, it happened to many women and family members who would come into contact with the asbestos fibers that were on their husband’s or father’s skin, hair or clothing.

The Pointers’ case is being handled by a British law firm, and a spokesman for the litigation team said, “This is a tragic case in which a widow died of mesothelioma caused simply by inhaling asbestos dust as she cleaned her husband’s overalls and their bedding in the 1960s. Mary’s son Darryl is devastated by the loss of his mother, particularly as the disease was caused by her taking care of her family. Mesothelioma is an aggressive illness which causes a great deal of pain and distress for victims like Mary, and we have now issued court proceedings and hope that we can finally find some answers for Darryl.”

The fifty-year old son said, “I was absolutely distraught seeing my mum deteriorate so quickly and seeing her go through so much pain at the end of her life. She was a devoted wife and mother, but she was not warned of the dangers of asbestos and shouldn’t have been in a position to be exposed to the deadly dust. No amount of money will make up for the loss of my mum, but we hope that by issuing court proceedings we will be able to secure justice for her and honor her memory after losing her in such a terrible way.”

The plant that Ronald Pointer worked for was responsible for electricity in England and Wales from 1957 through the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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