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City family wins asbestos death case

By Steve Carpenter Thursday 29 August 2013 Updated: 29/08 10:45

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Frank Parker was exposed to asbestos working at Massey Ferguson which ultimately led to his death. (s)

THE FAMILY of a Coventry man who died after he was exposed to asbestos decades ago has received £90,000 in compensation.

Frank Parker, of Oxendon Way, Ernesford Grange, was 73-years-old when he died in June 2011, just over 18 months after he was diagnosed with the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma.

Although he was advised by his nurses to speak to solicitors before his death, Mr Parker succumbed to his illness before he was able to take action against his former employers.

But shortly after his death, Mr Parker’s son, Graham, and daughter-in-law, Adrienne, took up his fight for justice against those responsible for exposing him to asbestos.

And after their appeal was featured in the Observer in September last year, their solicitor was able to secure the evidence needed to settle the claim for compensation in Mr Parker’s name.

“We’re obviously delighted,” said Mrs Parker, of Binley, who looked after her father-in-law throughout his illness.

“No amount of money will ever bring Frank back to us, or make up for the pain and suffering he endured for the final months of his life.

“But the fact that we’ve been able to take a stand against his employers, who needlessly exposed Frank and workers like him to asbestos, brings us a sense of justice and might also inspire others in a similar situation to not let employers get away with it.”

Mr Parker had trained as an electrician after leaving school in the early 50s before joining a local firm as an apprentice.

In 1974 he joined Massey Ferguson, where he worked until he retired in 1990 to care for his wife Shirley-Ann, who died from a lengthy illness in 1993.

But Lesley Mynett, a specialist industrial disease lawyer with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said that during his 16 years there, Mr Parker was exposed to old asbestos when carrying out maintenance work.

“Mr Parker paid an enormous price for working dutifully,” she added.

“Thanks to the help of his former colleagues, we have been able to hold those responsible to account and win some justice for the family he has left behind.”

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