UNISON and Thompsons Solicitors have secured £30,000 compensation for a former Nottinghamshire power station worker who has contracted an asbestos-related disease.

Anthony McEgan from Sheffield worked as a power station linesman from 1965 to 1966 when he was exposed to asbestos.

As a result, Anthony has developed lung disease, pleural thickening, which has affected his breathing and ability to walk distances and enjoy hobbies such as gardening.

After his diagnosis, Anthony contacted his trade union, UNISON, and instructed industrial disease specialists Thompsons Solicitors to investigate a claim for compensation. Thompsons went on to secure £30,000 compensation by pursuing a successful claim against his former employer.

Due to the risk that his condition could deteriorate and that he may develop the fatal asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, Anthony’s claim for compensation was settled for provisional compensation of £30,000 allowing him to reopen the claim in the future if the worst should happen.

Anthony said: “It’s difficult to accept that I have a lifelong debilitating condition because of the job I did five decades ago.

“It really concerns me that my health could get worse because I feel that I am already so affected by this condition. Simple things like walking up the hill where I work or doing a few bits in my garden are now impossible, which is obviously upsetting.

“Thanks to the support I’ve had from UNISON and Thompsons Solicitors, the compensation and knowing that I can reopen my claim if I need to, it provides me with some financial peace of mind for the future.”

Marion Voss, of Thompsons Solicitors, said: “We have experience of working with clients everyday who suffer the effects of life-changing asbestos-related diseases and understand how important it is to secure compensation. Here we were able not only to obtain compensation for Anthony’s disability due to pleural thickening but also to protect his position for the future with a court order which entitles him to reopen the claim should he go on to suffer serious deterioration in his health due to asbestos disease.”