Asbestos kills men years after exposure

Last Updated on 22nd September 2020 by Kirsty Smithson

Heartbreak for widows as asbestos kills their husbands

Birmingham based law firm, Leigh Day Solicitors, are asking for the public’s help as asbestos kills 2 men whose deaths they are investigating.

Both men died from an asbestos related disease and the grieving families want to know how and why.

Rob Stokes died aged 71 and worked as a maintenance fitter.

Mr stokes previously worked for Birmid Qualcast (Dartmouth Autocasting, Darcast Foundries, Midland Motor Cylinder and Thyssenkrupp Darcast).

The law firm are appealing for former co workers to come forward with any information they may have.

They are particularly keen to know if asbestos was present in the workplace and to what extent.

Doreen, Mr Stokes’ widow, said of her husband’s illness, “To see him go from being an active chap who loved gardening and playing with our two grandchildren, to become someone who could hardly move was heartbreaking.”

Michael Canter was aged 86 when he died from an asbestos related disease.

Mr Canter worked as a gas engineer at Smethwick Corporation Gas.

He would come into contact with asbestos rope and asbestos insulation on a regular basis as part of his job.

Katherine, his widow, is hoping that his old colleagues can help with vital information.

She said, “Michael actually collapsed in hospital when he took me to A&E following a fall.”

“He was more concerned about me being ok. That’s the sort of man he was.”

Can you help with this case?

If you or someone you know is a former colleague of either of these men and you have any information on the use of asbestos at either of the work premises, then please contact Leigh Day’s Asbestos Disease Team on 0121 728 5909 or email:

Information provided will be received in the strictest of confidence.

Be asbestos aware – asbestos kills!

Remember that asbestos still kills and remains a hidden danger, so it’s important to protect yourself against it.

If you used to work in a job that exposed you to asbestos fibers and are experiencing difficulty breathing, coughing or fatigue, then you must visit your GP as soon as possible.

It could be totally un-related, but it’s better to get yourself checked out so that you can be sure and start treatment straight away.

The earlier you are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease the better as it will give you more treatment options.

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