A British man who was employed at London’s Heathrow Airport for more than 30 years has received a six figure sum in compensation for his recent mesothelioma diagnosis and the expenses that accompany the disease.
According to an article in Legal and Medical Online Magazine, the man, who remains unnamed, was from the Middlesex region of England and worked at the airport as a maintenance fitter and boiler house supervisor from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. His lawyer notes that during this time, he was exposed to asbestos dust and fibers from pipe and boiler lagging, which he handled frequently. The gentleman was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a fatal asbestos-caused cancer, in 2006.
The British High Court found that the airport failed to provide the man with adequate respiratory protection and had negligently exposed him to asbestos. In return, he was awarded a sum of £165,000.
Helen Jones, a representative for the plaintiff, said: “Mesothelioma is a devastating disease…it is only right that people who develop it are fully and fairly compensated.”
The victim replied: I have been able to gain some benefit from the compensation and I can now be sure my wife will be finally secure in the future.