27 April 2011
Pensioner receives £175k asbestos compensation
An elderly man has been awarded in excess of £175,000 in compensation based on the fact he contracted a terminal asbestos-related illness during his career as a joiner.
Mohammed Najib, who is 71 years old, was regularly exposed to the potentially lethal substance while he worked for international construction firm John Laing between 1974 and 1980 and the High Court has ruled that this will cause him a "painful and distressing" death, according to online resource London 24.
Therefore, the legal body awarded Mr Najib a sum of £80,000 on the grounds of his "pain, suffering and loss of amenity", with around £100,000 extra being granted to pay for equipment and "alternative treatment" to help alleviate some of the distress attached to mesothelioma.
He is expected to pass away within months from the disease and Mrs Justice Nicola Davies added: "Such is the nature of this disease that pain will become intractable notwithstanding the use of morphine."
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett