Asbestos exposure lead to £220k compensation payout

A case of prolonged asbestos exposure has led to a £220,000 personal injury compensation payout for hotel manager from Darlington.

Colin Hostein, a sixty two year old former hotel manager has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a particularly aggressive form of lung cancer understood to be caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres, after spending the lion’s share of his working life in environments containing asbestos lagging, such as the dusty boiler rooms of old hotel buildings. IND Coope Hotels employed Mr Hostein for nearly thirty years. 1967 through 1985, and the former worker’s personal injury solicitors successfully claimed the large compensation award from IND Coope’s insurance company in the wake of his 2009 mesothelioma diagnosis.

Mr Hostein was grateful that he had received the settlement award, as his future care needs are likely to be quite high as the illness progresses. He was also candid in adding that his wife and family would benefit from the financial stability the compensation payment would bring, as the current survival rate for mesothelioma patients is around 10 per cent over the course of five years.

Medical experts say that asbestos exposure is one of the most dangerous and prevalent issues facing older generations of workers that are now beginning to retire. Because of the lengths of time involved in developing asbestos exposure-related illnesses, many workers suffering from an illness linked to asbestos exposure have difficulties claiming compensation if their former employers – or their insurers have since gone out of business.

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