Dennis Archer was exposed to asbestos for more than 29 years while working at a power station.
But it was not until December 2005 the grandfather realised it had affected his health, when he developed a cough and was diagnosed with bilateral pleural thickening of the lungs.
He and thousands of other sufferers nationwide are now waiting to discover if they will continue to receive compensation and benefits.
“I never thought about it too much until I developed the cough,” said the 56-year-old, now a taxi driver.
“My children and wife live in constant fear that I may develop an even more serious asbestos-related illnesses like the fatal cancer mesothelioma.
“It is like living with a whole range of potential death sentences.”
Information about mesothelioma medical and legal options provided by the Law Office of Roger G. Worthington, P.C., www.mesothel.com.