A former delivery driver has received £17,500 in compensation after he was diagnosed with asbestosis.

The 75-year-old from Leeds was diagnosed with asbestosis in June 2008 after years of difficulty breathing.

Asbestosis is a condition which normally affects people who have been exposed to a lot of asbestos over a long period of time. It can cause progressive breathlessness and disability.

It is also associated with a greatly increased risk of lung cancer and the fatal asbestos tumour, mesothelioma.

Exposed to asbestos while working

The granddad was exposed to asbestos while working as a driver for W Madden Insulation Limited from 1958 until 1962.

The company supplied asbestos products which he was responsible for delivering. On occasions he removed asbestos from buildings and was regularly exposed to asbestos dust in the work place.

He later left the company and worked as a driver for a number of different employers before becoming a garage supervisor. He took early retirement in 1999 because of a chronic heart condition.

Health has been affected by asbestos

He decided to claim compensation after a friend said he should contact Thompsons Solicitors.

He said: “I was recommended to Thompsons by a friend and I’m now glad that I acted on his word. Without Thompsons help I would never have known where to start making a claim. The compensation comes as a relief. My health has been affected by asbestos but this money will be of some help to me and my family.”

Oliver Collett from Thompsons Solicitors added: “We had to overcome some significant legal difficulties in this case in order to obtain compensation for our client. I am glad that we have been able to assist by bringing his claim to a successful conclusion.”