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A 69-year-old man who was exposed to asbestos in the 1960s and 1970s has won compensation of £165,000 after he developed mesothelioma.
The man worked as an electrician in the heating industry. He was employed by four firms between 1966 and 1978 in roles that involved exposure to asbestos. At the time, he was unaware of the risks of working with the substance: none of his employers warned him of its dangers nor gave him protective clothing to wear.
When he sustained an injury to his ribs and the pain did not subside, he went to see his GP. He was then diagnosed with mesothelioma after he experienced breathing problems and an X-ray showed fluid on his lung. He has since undergone surgery to try to remove the tumour and is reliant on medication to reduce his pain.
Exposure to even very small amounts of asbestos can cause mesothelioma, and the time from the initial exposure to the development of symptoms can be up to 40 years. The prognosis for those diagnosed with the disease is invariably poor. About 2,500 people in the UK are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year.
The man has now secured compensation of £165,000.
Information on asbestos health and safety can be found on the Health and Safety Executive's website.