A former docker from the UK is said to have won a significant sum of compensation to provide financial support for his family after being told that he is dying from the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma, which the judge ruled was caused as a result of his work.

The judge said that the former docker, Ian Waite, had been wrongfully exposed to asbestos whilst unloading cargo ships at the docks in Hartlepool, but the Teesside and Hartlepool Port Authority, which is owned now by PD Teesport, denied this.

Mr Waite said: “At 62 my working life is now over, but this compensation will ensure my family have financial security. I never expected the claim to get to court in my lifetime, and it is a relief that it has all been taken care of so quickly. It was a great shock to be diagnosed with mesothelioma. I’ve had chemotherapy and taken the decision to live life as normally as I can. So far it seems to be working.”

His lawyer added: “This case was fought all the way to trial because PD Teesport disputed Mr Waite’s account that asbestos was present on the pipework in the ships. It was important the judge was able to evaluate the evidence from Mr Waite and the other witnesses to decide on the truth of the matter. The court found resolutely in our client’s favour. I am pleased that it was possible to finalise the claim during his lifetime. This is the right result for Mr Waite, who can now concentrate on his family.”

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