The lawyer representing a man who died from an asbestos-related illness says a High Court decision upholding his compensation sets an important legal precedent for former BHP Billiton workers who contract mesothelioma.
The Sydney court rejected the company’s bid to appeal against a compensation claim awarded to Perth man Willem van Soest who was exposed to asbestos during an 11-week stint as a painter and docker at South Australia’s Whyalla Shipyard in 1962.
At the time he was working near laggers who were installing asbestos insulation around pipes and boilers.
Mr van Soest was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2012 and died the next year aged 74….
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