£175,000 Awarded To Mr. F From HM Customs & Excise
Mr. F worked for HM Customs and Excise as a Rummage Officer during the late 1950’s and early to mid 1960’s…
He was exposed to the asbestos whilst inspecting incoming ships for contraband goods and particularly in the boiler rooms where asbestos bricks and asbestos lagged pipe work had to be disturbed in order to conduct his searches. Contraband goods were regularly hidden in old asbestos fire blankets which were found onboard and officers regularly had to unroll these as part of their searches.
He began suffering from chest pain in the winter of 2007 which he initially believed was linked to previous heart problems. In April 2008 he started experiencing shortness of breath which increased in intensity and following a collapse at home he was admitted to hospital where investigations revealed that he was suffering from a large pleural effusion leading to his diagnosis of mesothelioma.
Mr. F made a claim for compensation and successfully obtained an interim payment of £50.000 in March 2009 and the case successfully settled immediately prior to trial for £170,500 in June 2009.
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