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Compensation won in asbestos-related cancer case

Compensation won in asbestos-related cancer case
Compensation has been won by the family of a man who died from the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma.

Robert Earl was diagnosed with the disease - symptoms of which can include pain in the side of the chest and lower back, shortness of breath and weight loss - early last year. He died ten months later, the News & Star reports.

His family allege that he was exposed to asbestos while working as a mechanic's labourer for between six and eight months in 1969 for a company called County Garage.

In a new development, the garage has agreed to pay out an undisclosed sum in an out-of-court settlement, although it made no admission of liability.

Commenting on the case, Mr Earl's son, Anthony, said: "The last few years have been very difficult for my family.

"No amount of compensation can replace what we have lost, but we hope we can now move forward."