A claim for mesothelioma cancer against Rothmans, made by a former employee of the cigarette manufacturer, has been settled out of court for a six-figure sum.
In the late 1970s, Valerie Cameron (57) from Darlington in County Durham was employed on the production line at the city´s Rothman´s cigarette factory. While she was employed at the factory, work began on the construction of an extension – work that involved the removal of asbestos lagging from existing pipework.
In May 2015, Valerie was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer. It was only when she tried to recall how she might have been exposed to asbestos dust and fibres that she remembered the extension work at the cigarette factory. Valerie then sought legal advice and made a compensation claim for mesothelioma cancer against Rothmans.
Rothmans denied its liability – forcing solicitors acting on Valerie´s behalf to take her claim to the High Court. It was only once High Court proceedings had been issued that Rothmans entered into negotiations to settle Valerie´s claim – the parties agreeing to an undisclosed six-figure settlement.
Speaking after her claim for mesothelioma cancer against Rothmans had been resolved, Valerie told her local paper: “I was completely shocked when I was diagnosed with mesothelioma and immediately became worried about my future. I hope that by taking legal action I can some way help to raise awareness of this terrible disease and the problems exposure to asbestos can lead to decades down the line.”
Valerie´s solicitor added: “Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable cancer which causes significant pain and suffering for victims like Valerie and employers should have been well aware of the dangers it posed to their staff.”
He continued: “Nothing can change Valerie’s diagnosis but after issuing legal proceedings against Rothmans at the High Court we have been able to secure her a settlement that will hopefully enable her to focus on fighting the disease and spending time with her family and friends.”