A woman who filed a lawsuit against James Hardie industries after contracting the deadly asbestos related cancer mesothelioma has been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation. Sadly, she passed away some months ago so was not around to celebrate the victory, but the award will go to her family.

The lawsuit was filed in 2007 by the victim, Margaret Dawson, whose husband and father worked for James Hardie. She is said to have contracted the cancer through secondary exposure to asbestos dust and fibers from her father and husband, who brought home asbestos dust and fibers from work.

President of the Asbestos Disease Foundation of Australia Barry Robson said: “This is a real legacy. She has now opened the way for wives and mothers to do a compensation claim. I hope this is the opening for other carers to get compensation.”

Dawson’s family will receive four hundred thousand dollars in compensation, after continuing the compensation battle after Mrs Dawson passed away. Her daughter said: “It doesn’t bring Mum back but I guess the best thing, the most positive thing I can say is that it hopefully will pave the way for families to get some relief.”

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