LONDON (March 11)—A radiographer who developed an extreme allergic reaction to latex has won a record out-of-court settlement from her employers, according to the Society of Radiographers. The London-based agency fought a three-year battle on behalf of latex allergy victim Pip Wheatcroft, which led to her receiving "six-figure" compensation for loss of earnings. The award was the largest of its kind ever made in the United Kingdom, the society said. Latex allergy had forced Wheatcroft to quit her job as a senior radiographer at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, where she had worked for 17 years. She became allergic to the latex in surgical gloves in 1996 and switched to vinyl gloves. But in 1998 new latex-based flooring in the hospital caused her to become highly sensitized to latex and develop occupational asthma, the society said. "I was instructed to take early retirement on grounds of ill health. When I tried to sort out my pension and compensation for loss of earnings, problems began to arise," Wheatcroft said in the Society of Radiographers statement.
Woman receives record settlement in latex allergy suit
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