Posted: December 3rd, 2011
A judge at Bristol High Court has awarded an interim payment of compensation for mesothelioma cancer to a BT Engineer who had worked for the telecommunications giant for 27 years.
Frederick Vincent (76) from Torquay in Dorset was awarded the five-figure sum as an interim payment to provide him with the private care he needs immediately, pending a full settlement of BT engineer mesothelioma compensation still to be determined.
The court heard how Frederick was employed as an installation engineer for BT between 1962 and 1989 and regularly came into contact with asbestos while working in telephone exchanges in Devon where he had to drill through asbestos insulation boards to gain access to telephone wires.
Frederick also stated that he worked in close proximity to asbestos-lagged pipe work and his exposure to asbestos had been attributed to his developing mesothelioma cancer – a diagnosis he received on his fiftieth wedding anniversary earlier this year.
The judge ruled against BT for negligently exposing their employee to asbestos dust and awarded the interim payment of compensation for mesothelioma to the BT engineer. The money will enable Frederick to receive private nursing care and equipment to help him through the final stages of his illness, and also to purchase a car in order that Frederick´s wife – Jean – can drive him to medical appointments.
Update February 2012: Unfortunately, Frederick passed away due to malignant mesothelioma cancer on 31st January.