“Widow in Battle for Justice over Asbestos-Related Death of Husband”; Asons Solicitors Comment

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According to ‘This Is Kent,’ the widow of Oslo Schive, a former Merchant Navy worker who died of Mesothelioma, is appealing for help as her husband's case continues. (1)

Mr Schive, from Dartford, died of the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma, a cancer on the lining of the lungs, caused by inhaling the deadly asbestos fibres, aged 74 in December 2011. (1)

His devastated wife Mary is now appealing to Mr Schive’s former colleagues, with the aim of collating as much information as possible, to provide evidence relating to her late husband’s exposure to the deadly dust. (1)

Before his death, the father-of-two, who was born in Cape Town South Africa, but lived in Dartford for the majority of his life. Mr Schive remembered being exposed to asbestos, pinpointing the exposure to have occurred when he worked as a kitchen assistant, after joining the Merchant Navy in 1960. (1)

He worked onboard the ‘Carnarvon Castle’, a steam ship owned by the Union Castle Line, and Mr. Schive recalled that there was asbestos located in the engine and boiler room. Additionally, all the pipes aboard the ship were lagged with the material, used for fireproofing. (1)

Mr Schive left the navy in 1966, and was referred for a chest X-ray at the Medway Maritime Hospital in March 2011, after he continuously found himself to be suffering from breathlessness. Unfortunately, he was later diagnosed with Mesothelioma, and sadly he passed away later that year in December 2011. (1)

Thomas Fairclough, Asons Executive, added:

“An Asbestos related illness can lead to a slow, painful death, and it can take up to 40 years for the symptoms to present themselves. If he has been exposed to Asbestos as a result of his employment it is unjust that something wasn’t been done to protect the welfare of Mr. Schiver, and the other employees, who may have been exposed to asbestos whilst working aboard the Carnarvon Castle.”

Mr Schive's wife said: "When we were told Oslo's diagnosis we were absolutely devastated and struggled to accept that something he had been exposed to so long ago, through no fault of his own, had caused him to be terminally ill.

"He tried to fight the illness but it was too aggressive and there was nothing that could be done for him.

"We just hope that anyone who remembers working with Oslo or worked onboard the Carnarvon Castle in the early 1960s gets in touch as any information, no matter how small, could help us in our battle for justice."

According to the HSE, Men who worked in the building industry when asbestos was used extensively are now among those most at risk of Mesothelioma. Predictions have been made, that in the worst case, annual deaths for men with asbestos related illnesses will increase to a peak of about 2100, around the year 2016. (2)

Asons Solicitors suggest, that if someone would like to learn more about the Mesothelioma claims process, or if they would like to better understand asbestos related illness, that information is available at http://www.asons.co.uk, or via an expert helpline on 01204 521 133

(1)    Widow in battle for justice over asbestos-related death of husband - http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/Widow-battle-justice-asbestos-related-death/story-19802898-detail/story.html#axzz2f8uI86WF – This Is Kent September 2013
(2)    Mesothelioma Statistics - http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/mesothelioma/ - Health and Safety Executive September 2013

Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

For further information contact:
Email: info(at)asons(dot)co(dot)uk
Website: http://www.asons.co.uk

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