A pensioner seeking injury compensation for an asbestos-related lung disease has had his hopes dashed by a top judge’s ruling.
Terence Abraham, 68, suffers from mesothelioma which he attributes to his training as an apprentice plumber in the 1960s, the Evening Telegraph reports.
However, Mrs Justice Swift dismissed his injury compensation claim against two of his former employees, saying that Mr Abraham remained in "reasonable health" despite his condition.
She added that the companies that employed him could not reasonably have been expected to appreciate the risk of exposure to asbestos, the paper reports.
Mr Abraham had been employed by G Ireson and Son between 1956 and 1961 and Stanley Reynolds, then Reynolds & Spademan, between 1962 and 1965.
Justice secretary Jack Straw last month announced plans to set up a national research centre to study asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, following a recent government decision not to reverse a compensation ruling for victims.