Hugs caused cancer – claim

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Hugs caused cancer – claim


Published on Friday 16 December 2011

A dying woman who developed cancer after hugging her father as a child has launched a legal battle for £200,000 compensation.

Valerie Addison, 55, has contracted malignant mesothelioma, a cancer of the tissues surrounding her lungs, after hugging her father who worked with asbestos in Preston.

Now Mrs Addison, who has been given just months to live, is suing five companies for damages and says she has lost 34 years of life expectancy.

Deadly asbestos dust and fibres entered her body when she hugged her father Kenneth Wignall, when he wore clothes contaminated with asbestos.

He was not able to shower at work before coming home, and her mother handled, shook out, and washed his work clothes at home, she says. Mrs Addison says she was also driven by her father in his van, which contained lagging and asbestos materials.

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