The family of a UK man who died from the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, has been awarded a six figure sum by way of compensation by two companies that were deemed responsible for the man’s exposure to the potentially deadly carcinogenic.

Colin Allen was diagnosed with the asbestos related cancer in 2004, and died just three months after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He had previously worked as a bricklayer, and since his death his family have been fighting for compensation from his former employers, F & E V Linford Ltd and Sir Alfred McAlpine Capital Projects Ltd.

Mr Allen was seventy three years of age when he died. His wife, Dorothy, said: “Watching Colin go through his illness was incredibly difficult. He was my partner and soul mate and he has tragically been taken from me by this terrible illness.”

A lawyer for the family said: “Colin’s case was a difficult one because he was exposed to asbestos more than 60 years ago, quite early in his working life, by the first defendant and for a relatively short period by the second defendant. Nevertheless we were able to successfully conclude the claim for Mr Allen’s family.”

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