Family of former soldier fight for asbestos compensation

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The family of a man who has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related cancer has appealed for help in finding information that may help them to claim compensation.

Phillip Smith was diagnosed with mesothelioma - a rare type of metastasization often linked with exposure to the carcinogenic insulator - after having a tumour on his tongue removed, according to the Wiltshire Times.

His family believe he was put in contact with asbestos during his time with the Ministry of Defence between 1982 and 2000, when he was stationed in Germany and Hong Kong.

The serviceman's daughter said that when he inspected a campsite mechanics would sometimes strip down military vehicles that contained asbestos, but she does not have proof to back this claim up.

Miss Smith added: "Compensation will keep him at home for as long as possible, and we may have to consider a wheelchair at some stage, but he wants to keep his independence."

Posted by Chris Stevenson