GMB member diagnosed with the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma has received £140,000 in compensation with help from the union’s solicitors.

The man from Derbyshire, who does not wish to be named, was diagnosed with the cancer of the lining of the lung in January this year.

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and there is no cure. Often sufferers have just months to live following diagnosis.

He was exposed to asbestos dust while working as a lift engineer for Evans Lifts in Leicestershire between 1962 and 1968. He installed lifts in hospitals, factories and commercial premises and worked alongside other tradesmen who used asbestos based materials.

He was also exposed to the dangerous dust while working for James Oakes & Co (Riddings) Limited, based in Derbyshire.

Asbestos Claims Specialists, Thompsons Solicitors

When he was diagnosed with mesothelioma he contacted his union who supported his fight for compensation and instructed asbestos claims specialists Thompsons Solicitors to represent him.

He said: “The doctor told me I only have seven to 14 months to live and one of my biggest concerns was making sure my wife would be financially secure when I am gone. It was a big relief when the case was settled.”

He added: “When I was diagnosed I was angry. I never realised I was working with a substance that could affect my health so dramatically in later years. I could not understand why this had happened to me. I feel it is now important to let other people know about the dangers of asbestos and the help that is available.”

Exposed to dangerous asbetsos dust

GMB Regional Secretary for Midland and East Coast, Andy Worth, said: “Asbestos has affected the lives of many of our members who were unwittingly exposed to the dangerous dust by negligent employers.

“We are pleased to have supported this member with his claim for compensation. The swift settlement means he can enjoy peace of mind that his family will be provided for in the future.”

Client representative at Thompson Solicitors’ Nottingham office, Nicola Harrison said: “We are pleased we have been able to settle this claim quickly for our client. It was hugely important for him to know that his former employers took responsibility for his condition and that the compensation was secured in his lifetime.”