A great grandfather from South Tyneside has been awarded a six figure sum in compensation, after being exposed to deadly asbestos fibres, almost sixty years ago.
The Shield Gazette is reporting that seventy eight year old Sep Boulter, from Hebburn, was diagnosed with the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma, in the latter stages of last year.
Following his diagnosis Mr. Hebburn launched a claim for asbestos exposure compensation and it was discovered that the cause of his terminal illness could be traced back to the time he was employed as an ‘office boy’, for the Mercantile Dry Dock Company, of Jarrow, over sixty years ago.
He told the newspaper that it was hard to believe, that his present condition was caused by exposure to asbestos from when he was just a fifteen year old boy and doing his rounds at the Mercantile.
A representative from his legal team stated that Mr. Hebburn was never warned about the presence of asbestos in his working environment and was never informed of the possible risk to his health.
Mr. Hebburn, a father of four, was awarded a ‘substantial’ six figure sum in damages, after the case against his former employers was settled out-of-court.