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EMI sued over Hayes asbestos exposure which 'robbed father of his life'

The son of a worker at the music giant in Hayes claims his father was not warned about the deadly substance that left him in agony before his untimely death

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A grieving son who blames his dad's death on asbestos exposure while he was working for Hayes-based music industry giants EMI has launched a High Court bid for more than £150,000 in damages.

Paul Griffin claims his father, John, breathed in the killer substance while working in EMI's research and development department.

The asbestos is said to have wrecked the latter years of John's life before he died in November 2013, aged 83.

He had been suffering for months from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs notorious for beiong incurable and the agony suffered by its victims.

Left to grieve was his widow, Freda, and his son is now suing EMI Ltd, of Kensington High Street, as executor of his estate.

A document issued in London by the family's barrister, Simon Kilvington, claims that John was never warned about the dangers of asbestos.

He worked for EMI, or its corporate predecessors, between 1962 and 1963 and 1965 and 1966 and was "constantly exposed" to asbestos without any respiratory protection.

He was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2013 and suffered "intense pain", fatigue and breathlessness before he died.

The writ claims that the disease not only robbed Mr Griffin of his health but shortened his life by four years.

Paul, who lives in Godalming, who is suing on behalf of his mother and his father's estate, says the claim is worth "in excess of £150,000".

EMI's defence to the claim was not available from the court and the contents of the writ have yet to be tested in evidence before a judge.

Last month, a retired security guard from Hillingdon, who worked at sites across west London, appealed for help from former colleagues as he demanded answer on how he was exposed to asbestos that left him with terminal lung cancer.

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