A Plural Plaques sufferer has been awarded £15,000 compensation in Scotland, a significant move in compensation payments.
Roger Harris was diagnosed with Pleural Plaques on his lungs, as a result of exposure to asbestos fibres after working for the Ministry of Defence as a boiler maker between 1961 and 1977.
The compensation total payment has more than doubled from the usual amount of compensation given to people suffering from the condition.
Mr Harris’ representative has claimed that the compensation payment has been significant improvement, and demonstrates that the courts were prepared to compensate people depending on individual cases.
Mr Harris’ compensation payment has been the second decision made by Court of Sessions on Pleural Plaques cases that has approved with the new compensation level payment.
In another case William Wales received £8,500 in damages after being diagnosed with Pleural Plaques.
Mr Harris’ solicitor has stated that the level of compensation given should be based on the level of distress and anxiety the condition has caused the pursuer.
Sufferers from Pleural Plaques condition run the risk of their condition to deteriorate onto life threatening condition such as Mesothelioma, Asbestosis and Pleural thickening.
Mr Harris’ solicitor added: “This is a very significant decision for those whose lives have been affected as a result of asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure disease is not a legacy of our industrial past but something affecting individuals and families in Scotland today.
“Although the diagnosis of pleural plaques is shocking enough, sufferers are also forced to cope with the daily fear that a more serious disease may develop.”