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British woman seeks damages in husband’s mesothelioma death

November 29th, 2006

The widow of a former industrial worker has filed a petition in a London court for damages of £300,000 ($590,000). Anita Breyenton alleges that her husband Colin received a mesothelioma diagnosis because of workplace asbestos exposure.

Colin Breyenton was an employee from 1966 until 1990 at a plant run by Halifax Fisheries in Warley, England, where he manufactured fish-and-chip fryers. He died in 2003 at the age of 53 after receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis. According to his wife, Colin’s disease was caused by asbestos exposure that occurred while on the job.

In the writ she filed at the High Court of London, Anita Breyenton alleged that because of the asbestos present in the factory, Halifax Fisheries was to blame for her husband’s mesothelioma diagnosis.

Asbestos exposure has been directly linked to mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer that strikes the lungs, abdomen or heart. Patients who received a mesothelioma diagnosis ordinarily live for only one to five years after learning of their condition. While mesothelioma treatments are available, the disease is almost always fatal.

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