Hans Moor was exposed to asbestos during his work in the 1960s and 70s. This gave him cancer, which was diagnosed in 2004. Hans Moor died in 2005, aged 58.
Just before his death, Mr Moor had brought a claim for damages against his former employer for failing to take precautions against exposure to asbestos. The claim was continued by his wife and children.
The claim was rejected by the courts, due to a 10-year limitation period for accident-related claims – starting from when the harm was caused, not when the victim became aware of it. As Mr Moor’s last exposure to asbestos had been in 1978, the claim lodged in 2005 had been too late.