Ex-miner awarded £70k compensation

A five-figure sum of compensation has been awarded to a pensioner struggling with an asbestos-related disease.

Dennis Ball was forced to move from his own house into a nursing home last year after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma - a condition that affects the inner-cell lignin of the lungs - and subsequently took legal action against his former employer.

The 92-year-old claimed he came into regular contact with asbestos during his career working as a miner at the Moor Green and Sutton Collieries in Nottinghamshire, which lasted more than 20 years.

During a case heard at the High Court in London, the Department of Energy and Climate Change - which is overseen by secretary of state Edward Davey - admitted this was true.

Consequently, Mrs Justice Swift granted Mr Ball a damages settlement of more than £70,000 due to the fact the illness has had a "devastating effect on his life".

"For a man with a fierce sense of independence and a fear of hospitals, this must have been a very difficult time for him," she added.

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15/02/2012 16:36