Former corporal free to seek compensation from MoD

Personal injury compensation is being sought from the Ministry of Justice (MoD) by a former RAF corporal on the grounds of a work-related disease.

According to the Northern Echo, Shaun Wood is now disabled after being exposed to toxic materials in the line of duty in his role as an official at the RAF for a 20-year period.

Mr Wood suffers from symptoms similar to those encountered by sufferers of Parkinson's disease and claims his condition was caused as he regularly came into contact with poisonous solvents during his stint as an aircraft painter between 1975 and 1995.

Initially, the MoD denied responsibility but the Appeal Court has now ruled in the 53-year-old's favour, meaning he is eligible to pursue a damages settlement from the organisation.

He commented: "I am hoping to get a reasonable settlement, but it is not about the money."

Recently, the MoD awarded £40,000 in compensation to Liam Bell, a soldier who suffers from tinnitus after not being given ear protectors for a firing drill at Catterick Garrison, the Lancashire Evening Telegraph reported.

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11/07/2011 16:12