11 March 2009
Asbestos-related cancer victim secures £145k in compensation
A man who was diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma in November 2007 has been successful in his bid to secure compensation.
Colin Gardner developed the condition as a result of having been exposed to the hazardous insulating material while working as an apprentice plumber for C Watson and Sons between 1957 and 1961.
During a recent hearing, Judge Sir Robert Nelson ruled that Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance, which provided cover for the firm during the period in question, should pay out £145,000.
In addition, the insurance firm was ordered to cover Mr Gardner's legal costs, which are thought to be more than £40,000.
Mr Garnder, who has undergone 12 months of intensive chemotherapy and experimental surgery, could not attend the hearing because doctors were investigating whether his cancer has returned, this time in his stomach.
Mesothelioma is a disease which affects that lining of the lungs or abdomen and is more common among men than women.