Families appeal for help in mesothelioma claims

16th July 2014

The families of two people who succumbed to the deadly asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma, have appealed for the victims’ former colleagues to get in touch so that they may pursue action.

It’s a situation that has become all too familiar: an individual is diagnosed with the awful condition years after their employer – the place in which they were exposed to the deadly fibres – has been dissolved, leaving the family with no recourse. Often, this means they have insufficient evidence in which to initiate a claim.

In Leeds, Wayne Haystead is seeking any information regarding the working conditions endured by his mother, Shirley, who sadly died in 2010 aged 74. She was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2007, due to exposure to asbestos dust. She worked most of her life at Garnett’s Factory in Burley, Leeds, manufacturing shoulder pads.

However, the company has long since closed and Mr Haystead has reached a wall in his quest for justice. He told yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk that he was seeking redress for what his mother had to go through.

“We just want to see justice for what she went through and hope that any of her former colleagues get in touch as any information, no matter how small, could prove vital,” he said.

A family in South Wales are similarly hoping that colleagues of Gerald Bythell – who died last year – will be able to give them information pertaining to his working life. In order that they can launch a compensation claim for Mr Bythell’s widow, Evelyn, the family is seeking anyone that worked with Gerald in factories in Brynmawr and Abergavenny between 1967 and 1987.

Daughter-in-law Jane Wellington told southwalesargus.co.uk that the claim was only one side of the story; the appeal would also help to ‘keep the issue of asbestos-related mesothelioma in the spotlight’.