According to a recent report a lawsuit has been filed against a former UK High Street giant over asbestos exposure issues. The lawsuit has been filed by a woman, Verna Sarjeant, whose husband died from the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma, having been employed by the former High Street giant Woolworths.

Woolworths, which was known affectionately as Woolies, went into administration late last year after a presence of decades on the High Street. Les Sarjeant had been employed by the company since he was sixteen, and in a recent report his wife had been asking for colleagues to come forward to help prove her husbnad’s exposure to asbestos.

Speaking of her husband’s exposure Mrs Sarjeant said: “He worked for Woolworths for most of his life really. He started when he was 16 and he was working in the stock room. There was quite a lot of asbestos in things like covers for ironing boards and he would carry them up to stock them on the counters.”

She added that he had been seeing specialists for some time after suffering symptoms, but there was a misdiagnosis, which delayed the proper diagnosis and treatment for her husband’s cancer.

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