Widow seeks help over husband’s asbestos death

Last Updated on 3rd March 2021 by Admin

Widow seeks help over husband’s asbestos death.

A widow from Lowestoft is asking for help from her husband’s old workmates after his asbestos death on 2nd March 2018.

Royston Pothan previously worked as an electrician in Luton and died aged 80 of an asbestos-related disease last year.

Mr Pothan was diagnosed with the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma.

Now his widow, Edna, is seeking answers in how he came to develop the illness which led to his death.

Mrs Pothan has instructed specialist asbestos-related disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate her husband’s illness.

The Lawyers will try to determine whether or not his death is as a result of asbestos exposure which is thought to have occurred during his working life.

The lawyers are now trying to gather more information on whether Royston came into contact with the any asbestos material while at work.

Royston worked on projects at 3 different companies – Scrivens of Luton, Hearsons of London and A C Delco between the years 1950 and 1960.

Irwin Mitchell Lawyer, Rosemary Giles, said of the case, “This case is sadly like so many we are involved in. Royston developed mesothelioma many years after his contact with asbestos is thought to have taken place.

We would be hugely grateful to anyone who may be able to shed light on the work conditions Royston may have faced during this specific time period. Any information could be key to getting Edna the answers and justice she deserves.”

The couple met at work

Edna and Roysten actually met while they were both working at A. C. Delco. This company manufactured car parts in Dunstable.

They later married in April 1956.

Royston was actually employed by Scrivens of Luton. They were contracted by Hearsons of London to undertake work on-site at A. C. Delco.

Edna recalls how her husband used to talk about his work. She said, “Royston used to talk to me about how he worked in boiler houses doing rewiring work and how sometimes his job meant going into roof spaces too. It is only now that I’ve realised that asbestos could well have been present.”

“It was very hard seeing how his health deteriorated in the final months of his life.

“I miss him so much every day and would hugely appreciate any help in getting some answers regarding the illness, which ultimately took his life.”

If you have any information that you think could help Royston’s case and help the family to find answers about his death, then please contact Rosemary Giles on 01223 791 810 or you can email her at rosemary.giles@irwinmitchell.com

Duty holders and employers have a legal responsibility to manage asbestos in their properties, carrying out an asbestos survey in their buildings so as not to put employees at risk.

So make sure you contact our Armco office to arrange asbestos testing or an asbestos survey before it’s too late! 

Whether you need an asbestos management survey or a refurbishment/ demolition survey, contact us at 0161 763 3727 or by visiting https://www.armco.org.uk/

Finally, for all your asbestos training needs call 0161 761 4424 or visit https://www.armcoasbestostraining.co.uk/to book an asbestos awareness training course.

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