An industrial disease claim has resulted in a grandfather being awarded £220,000 in compensation.
Ex-hotel worker Colin Hostein was diagnosed with the terminal asbestos-related disease mesothelioma in December 2009 and has now been granted damages from his former employer, the Northern Echo reports.
Mr Hostein worked at premises owned by IND Coope Hotels in Newcastle and Stockton between 1967 and 1985 and it is thought he came into regular contact with the lethal material regularly during this 18-year period.
The man is now undergoing chemotherapy at Darlington Memorial Hospital and told the news source he is pleased he has managed to get the peace of mind that his family will be supported financially when he passes away.
"I also hope my case highlights the devastating impact asbestos can have on people’s lives. We were never warned of the dangers that the dust could pose, despite most businesses being aware of the risks involved," he added.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson