Mesothelioma brought premature end to life of healthy octogenarian

An inquest has heard that a former construction worker died as a result of mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos in the workplace.

The 89-year-old, who worked as a building manager for eight years, died in November 2015 as a result of pneumonia and mesothelioma. The coroner recorded a verdict of death by industrial disease.

During the inquest those present heard numerous written witness statements, including a number made by the deceased, detailing working conditions that were rife with asbestos dust.

"I am pleased that the coroner has properly recorded that my father died as a result of his work," commented the deceased's son.

"The diagnosis of mesothelioma made in 2015 was a great shock to him and my mother."

The man was 89-years-old at the time of his death but it came as a surprise to family and friends who had grown accustomed to him enjoying "remarkably good health"

The solicitor representing the man's family at the inquest stated that the case was just one of many involving older victims of asbestos diseases. He added that it "marked a worrying trend".

Although there are a number or news reports detailing the inquest into the death of the North Yorkshire man, there are as yet no reports as to whether his family will be instructing industrial disease lawyers to claim mesothelioma compensation.

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