Lake District dad killed after years working with asbestos – and the devastated widow desperate for answers

The heartbroken wife of a construction worker is desperate for answers following her partner’s death.

Paul Jackson, from Ambleside in Cumbria, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a terminal cancer of the lining of the lungs most commonly associated with exposure to asbestos. The disease is likely to have been linked to years working in the construction industry.

The Lake District dad-of-two, completed his apprenticeship with during the mid to late 1980s. During his time with the firm he worked on the construction of schools in the area. Julie believes he may have come into contact with asbestos at that time.

READ MORE: Bacup OAP arrested after numerous reports of indecent exposure

He began to feel unwell in August 2019 with symptoms of a cough which was initially thought to be a chest infection. He underwent a series of tests and was subsequently diagnosed with mesothelioma in around September 2019.

Paul Jackson aged 18
Paul Jackson aged 18

Paul’s condition deteriorated and he died aged 50 on December 12, 2019. At the time of his death, Paul and Julie had been together for 26 years and had two children together.

Julie, 57, said: “It’s been more than two years since I lost Paul but it’s still so painful and difficult to accept that he’s no longer here. He was still so young and we were looking forward to spending our retirement years together. It was devastating when our future was ripped away from us.

“Paul’s diagnosis was a huge shock to us, especially when we found it was caused by being exposed to asbestos. Sadly, he never got to find out where this could have happened, but it’s possible this was as a result of his work.

“While there’s no way I can turn back the clock, all I can do now is get the answers that Paul deserved. As such, I’d be so grateful for any help from his workmates.”

Helen Jones, a specialist asbestos-related disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing Julie, said: “The past two years have been incredibly difficult for Paul’s loved ones, in particular Julie who continues to struggle with losing her husband.

“Mesothelioma is a horrible disease, the effects of which aren’t usually known for several decades after exposure to asbestos has taken place. In particular, Paul’s family have struggled to come to terms with his death at such a young age for this disease. Sadly, Paul died before he began seeking answers about his exposure, so Julie is determined to obtain the details needed to honour his memory.

“Through our work we know the use of asbestos was common in the construction industry as well as many public buildings such as schools, therefore we’d be grateful if anyone who remembers working with Paul could come forward with information on the conditions he faced. Any detail could prove vital to our investigation and provide Paul’s family with the answers and closure they deserve.”

Julie and her legal team are now seeking information from anyone who may have worked alongside Paul during his time in Cumbria.

Anyone with information that could assist with this case is asked to contact Helen Jones on 0191 279 0043 or by e-mail at helen.jones2@irwinmitchell.com.

Lancs Live – Cumbria