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Former Soldier’s Family Seeks Asbestos Compensation

An asbestos-linked cancer victim’s daughter is appealing for help in her legal battle to win compensation.

Mr. Phillip Smith, the father of Nichola Smith and a former soldier, was diagnosed in December 2012 with malignant mesothelioma, a very rare but incurable cancer caused by the inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibres. The exclusive reason for contracting mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos fibres. This cancer does not have any effective cure. Victims usually die within a year.

Mr. Phillip Smith was a Staff Sergeant who worked with the Ministry of Defense in Warminster (Western Wiltshire, England) for almost 18 years. His family believes he had been exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres those days.

Nichola says her father worked for the defense ministry between 1982 and 2000. He spent 6 years at the 27 Dist. Workshop located in War minister, W. Wiltshire, and at the Knook Camp (Lethbury). According to Nichola, he had to inspect the campsite, awaiting the troops, so he had to go in where military vehicles were being stripped down. She said they all know asbestos material was present there.

Before working for the Ministry of Defense, Smith was serving in the Army. As part of that job, he had to station in Hong Kong and Germany. Smith is 75 years old now. At present, he is residing at Devizes in Wiltshire.

The diagnosis came 1.5 years after Smith underwent a surgery for removing a cancerous tumor from his tongue. According to Nichola Smith, her father recovered very well and came back to normal life. However, now he is much frailer, Nichola says. Though he is able to go out for his needs, now he is not as enthusiastic as how he was before, she said.

According to his doctors, Smith is quite well right now, but could get worse again at any moment and become breathless easily.

Smith’s daughter says compensation would help her father a lot. She said they might’ve to consider a wheelchair at a certain stage, but Mr. Smith wants to keep independence. Nichola said her father has been an independent man always and likes to do everything he wants by himself.

The family has approached a well-known lawyer in the nation to present their claims in court. The law firm wants Mr. Smith’s former colleagues or anybody else with helpful information to come forward with details on when and where he could have exposed to asbestos.