Household of grandmother who died 60 years ‘after being poisoned by asbestos as 15-year-old Boots shopgirl’ sues agency for £135,000

A grandmother’s grieving kin are suing Boots claiming her demise was attributable to asbestos poisoning whereas she labored their as a teen 60 years in the past.

Anne Lawton joined the high-street chemist aged 15 in 1957 and claimed she was uncovered to lethal portions of asbestos at her retailer in Stoke-on-Trent.   

In 2019 the grandmother of 4 from Cheadle, Staffordshire, learnt she had an incurable asbestos linked cancer- mesothelioma- dying two years later in February.

Her household are suing Boots for £135,000, accusing the excessive avenue giants of ‘failing to take low cost and easy steps’ to guard her from asbestos mud.

Anne Lawton, who joined Boots aged 15, died in 2021 of the incurable asbestos-linked most cancers, mesothelioma.

Mrs Lawton's family are now suing Boots over her death claiming the firm failed to protect her.

Mrs Lawton’s household at the moment are suing Boots over her demise claiming the agency failed to guard her.

However attorneys for Boots deny the corporate breached its responsibility to Mrs Lawton or that there was a ‘foreseeable danger’ of her struggling a virus.

Whereas Mrs Lawton labored on the department it was present process a refurbishment, which included the set up of suspended ceilings containing asbestos, her attorneys say.

Shortly earlier than her demise, Mrs Lawton gave an announcement telling how she swept up flooring lined in mud.

She wrote: ‘Throughout the refit, the shop was extremely dusty. I used to be given a brush and informed to brush the flooring a few occasions a day. 

‘Each flooring was dusty, together with the locker room, which was subsequent to the place a suspended ceiling was being fitted.

‘I keep in mind having to brush the storerooms not less than twice a day. I had mud throughout my garments after I did this.’ 

The branch of Boots where Mrs Lawton worked in Stoke-on-Trent from 1957.

The department of Boots the place Mrs Lawton labored in Stoke-on-Trent from 1957.

Mrs Lawton, who went on to work within the books division on the retailer, finally left her job at Boots in 1969-70.

For her household, barrister Simon Kilvington KC claims that there was enough asbestos within the mud she encountered to create a ‘foreseeable danger’ of damage.

And if there had certainly been publicity to asbestos, ‘there isn’t a proof in any respect that the defendant took any of a budget and easy steps that will have decreased that danger,’ he continued.

He mentioned a part of the alleged publicity had occurred after the ‘explosion’ in public data in regards to the risks of asbestos which occurred after 1965.

However for Boots barrister John Williams KC denied the chance of Mrs Lawton being injured was ‘foreseeable’ based mostly on the requirements of the time.

He additionally mentioned the corporate denies any ‘breach of responsibility’ which it owed to Mrs Lawton as a member of workers.

Within the interval earlier than 1965, it was thought that lethal illness was solely a danger if there was ‘heavy and extended’ publicity to asbestos, he mentioned.

The trial earlier than Choose Vikram Sachdeva KC continues.

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