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Widow will miss out on asbestos compensation

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

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A WIDOW who lost her husband to asbestos-related cancer has asked for ‘more to be done’ after learning that she had not qualified for a new government-backed compensation scheme.

Father-of two Steve Ward, of Repton, died of mesothelioma in April 2010 after exposure to deadly asbestos nearly 30 years ago.

In the years since, his widow Sally carried on her husband’s effort to fight for his family to be compensated following his untimely death.

She thought she had made a breakthrough when a new scheme was announced to boost victims, but was left dismayed when she found that she would not qualify due to when her husband died.

She told the Mail: “I simply think that Steve deserves compensation. Why should it be determined by a date who is eligible for it?

“Without a shadow of a doubt at Steve’s inquest it was proved that he was killed by mesothelioma caused by asbestos, which he had come into contact with at work.

“I understand that others will say that there had to be a cut off date for this compensation but what about everyone else who came before that?

“What about people like Steve who died in the prime of his life with two young sons, who now have to grow up without their dad?

“I just think that there has to surely be some way to help the hundreds of people who are still left without as a result of this dreadful killer.

“But I know that I will not stop until Steve gets the recognition that he deserves.”

Mr Ward worked as a mechanic for Gary Oliver Car Sales Limited in Castle Road, Castle Gresley, between 1982 and 1983, during which time he was exposed to asbestos in car brake pads.

Gary Oliver, who ran the company, said its insurer was a Burton-based company named Snowball and Marlow.

No-one has been able to trace Snowball and Marlow since it left Burton.

The government scheme will hand out compensation packages worth an average of £123,000.

Mesothelioma often takes 40 to 50 years to present symptoms after exposure to asbestos.

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