UK man dying from mesothelioma awarded compensationA UK man who is dying from malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of asbestos-related cancer, has reportedly triumphed in his fight for compensation from his former employer, the North Wiltshire and Kennet Gazette & Herald reports.
During the 1990s, 82-year-old Bernard Mottram installed telephone lines at a secret government bunker, where he was allegedly exposed to asbestos, the news provider said.
Mottram's former employer, BT, has agreed to pay the man £115,000, but the firm still does not admit that there was exposure during that time, according to the news source.
"For the purpose of this case BT has agreed to make a compensation payment to Mr. Mottram in respect of his mesothelioma," the company's statement said. "The agreement is not specific to any part of his employment. BT does not admit there was any exposure in the 1990s in [the bunker]."
Mottram, from Bath, UK, said that he had not been warned about working with the dangerous mineral and that he had never worn a mask.
In addition to malignant mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos can cause asbestosis and lung cancer.
Drywall tapers with asbestos exposure may develop mesothelioma, http://www.gza.com/App_Themes/gza_112307/Mesothelioma%20in%20Drywall%20Finishing%20Workers.pdf , 8/16/12
Tunnel worker develops mesothelioma after asbestos exposure in British Royal Family residence, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9331225/Electrician-developed-terminal-cancer-from-asbestos-in-Sandringham-tunnels.html, 6/20/12
Australian appeals court upholds mesothelioma compensation for asbestos victim, Matthew Sparr, 12/22/11
UK man awarded asbestos compensation following father's death from mesothelioma, Ariella Yu, 10/13/11
Former UK council worker seeks asbestos compensation after developing mesothelioma, Ed Michler, 10/11/11