Payout for widow of asbestos victim

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A DONCASTER widow whose husband died from an asbestos-related cancer is set to receive compensation of £150,000 shared with her son.

Pilkington Group, former employers of foreman electrician Leslie Rayner, have agreed the payout after he died from malignant mesothelioma.

His widow Irene Rayner and her son Keith Rayner have turned to the High Court in London where they are seeking approval for the settlement. The court’s permission is needed because Mrs Rayner, who lives in Intake, is a protected person unable to manage her own affairs.

Mrs Rayner sued through her son, who is also executor of his father’s estate.

The late Mr Rayner died after contracting malignant mesothelioma from being exposed to asbestos dust and fibres during his work for Pilkington’s between 1953 and 1983, according to a High Court writ.

St Helens-based Pilkington has accepted liability for his death, and has offered to pay £150,000 to the Rayners, as well as their reasonable costs.

Pilkington also plans to return £12,369 to the DWP’s Compensation Recovery Unit, which paid benefits to Mr Rayner, the court will hear.