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Former Miners Wins Almost £74k Asbestos Compensation for Mesothelioma Cancer

March 15, 2012

A former miner, who was exposed to asbestos fibres during an eighteen year period employed in two Nottinghamshire collieries, has been awarded 73,890 pounds compensation for mesothelioma cancer by a judge at London´s High Court.

Dennis Ball, aged 92, worked at the Sutton Colliery and the Moorgreen Colliery between 1967 and 1985 where, it had been claimed, he was exposed to asbestos fibres which were responsible for the development of mesothelioma cancer.

In his work injury claims action for compensation for mesothelioma cancer, it was alleged that the National Coal Board failed to warn Dennis against the risk of exposure to asbestos and offered no form of personal protective equipment. Liability was admitted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change who administer liabilities on behalf of the National Coal Board and British Coal Corporation.

Mrs Justice Swift at the High Court heard how Dennis had been in physically health and living independently in his home, prior to being found lying on the floor of his flat struggling for breath in March 2010. Dennis was later moved to a care home and diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer.

Mrs Justice Swift awarded Dennis 73,890 pounds work injury claims compensation for mesothelioma cancer, which included 50,000 pounds for his pain, suffering and loss of amenity and a further 20,000 pounds for the years of his life he will undoubtedly lose.

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