Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Engineer Wins Case against Former Firm

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Engineer Wins Case against Former Firm

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Byline: By Jane Picken

Cancer sufferer Arthur Tiffin has won his case against a former Tyneside company which exposed him to deadly asbestos fibres.

And the 53-year-old former heating engineer, who was diagnosed with the asbestos-related illness mesothelioma last September, now stands to receive a six-figure payout from his old firm.

The exact amount is yet to be decided, but Arthur and his family have already secured a pounds 40,000 interim payout while the final amount is thrashed out by solicitors.

This award comes as Arthur, from North Walbottle, Newcastle, recently discovered the tumours which are destroying his lungs have shrunk twice ( each time by 20% ( as doctors in London tried using a potent cocktail of chemotherapy drugs.

It means he will be able to see the birth of his first grandchild in two weeks, when 21-year-old daughter Laura is expected to have a baby girl.

"They've admitted liability and that is really what we wanted," said Arthur, who is now having a break from chemotherapy and hoping to take part in new Alimta trials starting at Newcastle General Hospital in November.

"Whatever amount of money I get it will be for my family because I can't look after them anymore.

"I'm still really young to get this disease and in many ways that keeps me going. But before this happened I had a promising and prosperous career where I could earn pounds 80,000 a year."

"We would give every penny back at the end of the day if it could make him better," added wife Cora, 52.

"The first thing we thought when this happened was that we were going to have to sell the house to pay for treatment."

Arthur had started with Jesmond-based Brightside Heating and Engineering, which is now owned by engineering company Carillion Singapore, as an apprentice when he was 17.

But after a few years on the job he was sent to Catterick Army barracks where he stripped and replaced piping for three weeks while being exposed to asbestos. …

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