A former miner, who was exposed to asbestos while working in Nottinghamshire collieries, is to receive 73,890 pounds (87,000 Euros) after his compensation for mesothelioma claim was resolved in London´s High Court.
The personal injury settlement was made to Dennis Ball (92) from Beeston in Nottingham, after the court heard that the Department of Energy and Climate Change – the government department now responsible for managing the affairs of the National Coal Board – had admitted liability for Dennis´ illness and the asbestos related compensation claim was being presented for the assessment of damages.
Mrs Justice Swift heard that Dennis had been a fiercely independent man prior to having been found struggling for air on the floor of his flat by his step-son in March 2010. Dennis had been moved into a care home, where he had been diagnosed as suffering from mesothelioma cancer, but such was his desire to live independently, Dennis was still paying the rent of his Beeston home.
The judge also heard that Dennis´ illness had been contracted during an eighteen year period between 1967 and 1985 when he worked at the Sutton Colliery and the Moorgreen Colliery with no warning of the risks of working in an environment that contained asbestos, and without personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to the deadly fibres.
Mrs Justice Swift awarded Dennis 73,890 pounds in respect of his compensation for mesothelioma claim; commenting that “Mr Ball’s age means that he does not have the distress of knowing that many years, even decades, of his life have been denied him. Importantly, however, the onset of illness forced him to leave his home and thus to lose his independence.”