A judge at Bristol High Court has awarded an interim payment of compensation for mesothelioma to a BT Worker 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 requires immediately, pending a full settlement of BT worker mesothelioma compensation still to be determined.
The court heard how Frederick worked 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 some telephone wires.
Frederick also explained that he had to work 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 found 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 pay for private nursing care and equipment to help him through the final part 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: Sadly, Frederick passed following his illness on 31st January.