A dying asbestos victim has received an undisclosed sum of money by way of compensation from two major building suppliers, one of which was James Hardie. The settlement was reached out of court after the victim filed a lawsuit against the building material manufacturer after he was diagnosed with cancer.

At the beginning of this year the plaintiff, fifty two year old Garth Copp, was told he had three months to live. He had been diagnosed with the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, three months prior to this. He claims that he was exposed to asbestos while working in Brisbane , Australia , in the 1970s and 1980s.

Copp claims that he breathed in huge amounts of asbestos while working, and would also get covered in asbestos fibers and dust. He claimed that the companies failed to “provide adequate warnings as to any risks or injury or illness” relating to their products.

A lawyer for the plaintiff said: “He is extremely relieved that the ordeal is over. Sadly Mr Copp’s story is simply one of many in relation to the fight that victims of asbestos disease have against James Hardie.”

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