In a case that has been successfully handled by our office, the Administrative First Instance Court of Athens awarded, by a recent decision, compensation for moral damages to a retired Officer of the Hellenic Navy, who sustained mesothelioma due to his extensive exposure to asbestos during his service on board several military ships in the capacity of engineer. It is the first award of this kind by a Greek court.
The Court ordered the Ministry of Defense, i.e. the Hellenic State, to compensate the retired Officer for the substantial moral damages that he has suffered due to the irreversible and incurable damage to his health. The Court held that the Hellenic Navy was liable because it failed to impose and make sure that all measures were taken to protect the health and lives of the officers and militants in general and did not arrange for the timely removal of the dangerous and harmful asbestos material from the military ships.