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Judge Awards Compensation for Mesothelioma Cancer to BT Engineer

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.

Double Injury Wins Ford Worker 20,000 Pounds Compensation

Posted: June 23rd, 2011

A Ford Cars machine operator, who damaged his groin in a manual handling accident and then exacerbated the condition when falling through a hole in the floor of the men´s restroom, has received 20,000 pounds personal injury compensation in an out-of-court settlement.

Barry Lester (64) from Corringham, Essex, first injured his groin in 2008 at the Ford plant in Dagenham, Essex as he attempted to lift a box of car parts which had got caught on another. Injured by taking the weight of a full stack of boxes, Barry had to take three weeks off of work, but went back to his job and worked through the pain.

In April 2009 however, his condition was worsened when his injured leg went through a rotten floorboard in the men´s restroom, forcing him to take more time off from work and preventing him from pursuing his favourite leisure activities – gardening and golf. Barry also suffered a loss of earnings due to not being able to work overtime in other departments.

After taking legal counsel, Barry sued Ford for their negligence in failing to maintain a safe environment in which to work and, admitting liability for Barry´s injuries, Ford settled out of court for 20,000 pounds.

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