Telecom giant BT has awarded a man £115,000 Mesothelioma compensation after he contracted the fatal disease.
The pensioner who is critically ill due to his asbestos-related illness has been awarded £115,000 in damages for Mesothelioma compensation following a grievance case against his former employer.
Bernard Mottram, who is now 82 years old, used to work as an installer of telephone lines for communications company BT, and is now dying as a result of coming into contact with lethal asbestos; the BBC reports.
This illness relates to when Mr Mottram operated at a former secret government-owned bunker at Corsham, Wiltshire, which was equipped in preparation for possible attacks during the Cold War.
Doctors estimate that the former worker now has just months left to live due to the Mesothelioma and he claims that he was never warned by BT about the presence of asbestos at the site.
However, despite agreeing to award Mr Mottram £115,000 Mesothelioma compensation, BT refused to admit that he was exposed to asbestos while working at Corsham.
Slater and Gordon Mesothelioma Lawyer Simon Allen, who dealt with this claim said, "This case is sadly typical of many. Mr Mottram worked in an environment which contained asbestos installed many years ago, in this case in the 1960s.
However, whilst no warnings of the danger were made by BT to Mr Mottram, as an organisation they were well aware of the dangers and ought to have removed the material or provided suitable respirators to avoid inhalation of fibres. Sadly the money is of little value to a mesothelioma sufferer."
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