28 May 2012
Ex-joiner launches asbestos compensation claim
An industrial disease claim has been started by a joiner who contracted mesothelioma while working for Derbyshire County Council.
Christopher Turner is suing the local authority for up to £500,000 on the grounds he is now terminally-ill after being exposed to asbestos during his time operating for the body in the 1970s and 80s.
The 53-year-old professional was given just six months to live by doctors after being diagnosed with the lethal condition in June last year and has accused the council of failing to warn him how dangerous working with asbestos is.
"I had no idea I even had it. My wife Anne and I were just stunned," he told the news source.
Mr Turner went on to say he was forced to retire at the age of 52 - some 14 years before he intended to finish work - meaning the minimum compensation he deserves is his lost earnings for this period.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson
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