04 July 2011
High Court orders MoD to award £1m in asbestos compensation
Compensation totalling £1 million is to be awarded to three families who lodged industrial disease claims against the Ministry of Defence (MoD), it has emerged.
According to the Daily Mirror, the government department has been ordered by the High Court to pay six-figure sums for the ordeals endured by the families of Richard Rouse and two other unnamed victims of mesothelioma.
Mr Rouse passed away at the age of 53 in 2008 after he contracted the asbestos-related disease - which affects the inner-cell lining of the lungs - when coming into daily contact with it while living at an RAF base in Essex as a child.
His widow Sally told the news source that Mr Rouse's death has "ripped our family apart", but added she is "very pleased" that the High Court case has now come to a conclusion.
This comes after the Peterborough Evening Telegraph reported that Cecil Palmer passed away earlier this year due to mesothelioma, which may lead to his family seeking compensation.
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Posted by Richard Saunders
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