A man who came into contact with Asbestos dust during his working life and later contracted Pleural Thickening as a result has been awarded an undisclosed amount of Asbestos compensation.
Gerald Chumley was diagnosed with Pleural Thickening in February 2004 and can now only walk around 150 yards, as reported in This is North Devon.
350 New cases of Pleural Thickening were recorded last year, according to Health and Safety Executive figures. Pleural Thickening is caused by exposure to Asbestos and involves a thickening of the lining surrounding the lungs which can restrict inhalation.
Mr Chumley had come into contact with Asbestos materials through his work as a storeman for the Western National Omnibus Company.
His duties included replacing brake pads and linings, which allegedly generated large quantities of Asbestos dust.
He is also said to have collected the old Asbestos parts which had been removed from buses, before getting rid of them.
The 68-year-old worker pursued an Asbestos claim against the Western National Omnibus Company and, recently, the firm agreed to pay compensation during a hearing at London's High Court.
Alison Kerr, a Personal Injury Lawyer that specialises in Asbestos compensation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK (formerly Russell Jones & Walker) said, "Although Pleural Thickening is not as widely known as the fatal Asbestos disease Mesothelioma, it is a common condition resulting from exposure to asbestos which can be very disabling and seriously affect the quality of life of sufferers."
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