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20th September 2006

Widow In Desperate Attempt To Track Burton Based Firm - Sharps Brothers and Knights

Clear Answers lawyers Thompsons Solicitors are acting on behalf of a widow from Burton who recently lost her husband to the asbestos related disease mesothelioma.

John Woodward, 57, died on the 1st July 2006 from mesothelioma thought to have been acquired during the years 1964-1970.Throughout these years Mr Woodward worked as an apprentice for a local joinery business in Burton called Sharp Brothers and Knights.

Asbestos Exposure

As part of his job description Mr Woodward made items such as fridges which were lined with asbestos board. Much of this board had to be cut down to size therefore exposing him to high levels of asbestos dust.

His widow, Karen Woodward explains, "My life will never be the same. John should have been my lifelong companion, but for the negligence of his employer. Before this condition my husband was a dedicated worker and loving husband and father."

"We are now fighting to secure justice on his behalf. I cannot believe that Sharps Brothers and Knights had such a poor view of health and safety that they continued to expose my husband to asbestos when they knew of the risks or ought to have known of the risks that were involved ."

Tracking Down The Company

Linda Millband spokesperson for Clear Answers lawyers Thompsons Solicitors remarks; "Extensive searches have failed to locate the insurers of the factory; we need to track them down so we can progress the compensation claim for Mrs Woodward. It's tragic that so many claims are unsuccessful due to the fact that the insurers for dissolved companies are so difficult to trace."

It appears that around the years of 1969-1970 there was a change in ownership of the company. It is possible that the company were taken over by Elliot Windows Ltd who then changed the name to John Carr SBK.

Although Clear Answers lawyers, Thompsons Solicitors have investigated the matter they have been unable to discover the exact nature of the transfer of the business.

Anyone former employees of the company or anyone with any information regarding this matter is asked to contact Linda Millband on 0115 9897256.

Compensation Claim

Have you or a member of your family suffered injury or illness as a result of mesothelioma or another form of asbestos related disease.

If so call Clear Answers on 0800 783 9019 and speak to an advisor or fill out an online claim form.

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