A North East power station worker who has developed asbestos cancer has received compensation with help from Thompsons Solicitors.

The 77-year-old from Blyth was diagnosed with cancer of the lining of the lungs, mesothelioma in July 2012. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. There is no known cure for the disease.

The granddad of four was exposed to asbestos while working as a power station cleaner and then as a fitter’s mate and driver from 1964 to 1991.

During his work at the power station as a fitter’s mate he had to pull asbestos lagging off pipes and walls.

He was never warned of the dangers nor provided with protective equipment.

He said it was a huge shock when he was diagnosed with the disease and decided to contact Thompsons Solicitors to find out more about making a claim for compensation.

Thompsons successfully settled the claim out of court in less than four months.

Employers knew the risks of asbestos

The man said: “When I was diagnosed with mesothelioma it was a huge shock. When I was working at the power station I hadn’t given the asbestos any thought. I had no idea it would lead to this all these years later.

“This compensation comes as a great relief. I was tremendously worried about how we would cope. Now I know that my wife will be financially secure in the future.”

Roberta Pyle from Thompsons Solicitors added: “This client gave 30 years of his working life to this power station but was repaid with this terrible fatal disease. His employers knew the risks of asbestos yet workers were never warned of the dangers or adequately protected.

“By acting quickly we have been able to secure compensation for our client within his lifetime which will provide some peace of mind for him and his family during this difficult time.”