Ex-Qantas steward with Parkinson's disease to sue government in pesticides lawsuit
SYDNEY (AFP) - A former Qantas steward, who believes he developed Parkinson's disease after repeated exposure to government-mandated pesticides sprayed in the cabin, plans to sue Canberra, his lawyer said on Monday.
Mr Brett Vollus, 52, worked for Qantas for 27 years as a flight attendant until his early-onset Parkinson's forced him to take redundancy in May this year.
Mr Vollus engaged a specialist lawyer, Ms Tanya Segelov, to look into his case after the Sydney neurosurgeon who made his diagnosis told him he was seeing "a lot" of cabin crew.
"He has no family history of Parkinson's and he believes the Parkinson's has been caused by his exposure to the insecticide that he sprayed as a long-haul flight attendant on at least a fortnightly basis over a period of 17 years when working on board aircraft," Ms Segelov told AFP.