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Asbestos-cancer roofer awarded £160k compensation

Asbestos-cancer roofer awarded £160k compensation

A former roofer has been awarded over £160,000 in compensation after contracting asbestos-cancer.

Jim Kingshott, 57, contracted mesothelioma – an asbestos-related cancer which affects the lungs - after being exposed to asbestos over a 20-year period in his job at Doric Co Ltd, based in Shoreham, the Argus reports.

As a result, he is now unable to perform even basic household tasks and has been told he has only months to live.

Commenting on the outcome of the case, Mr Kingshott said: "Now I know my children will be looked after in the future and I can now pay to have the things done that I can no longer do."

News of the case follows a second reading in the House of Commons earlier this month for the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill, which is intended to fast-track compensation claims from sufferers of asbestos-related cancers.

Sufferers will also be able to claim an interim compensation payment while their case will be ongoing.