People suffering from asbestos-related diseases have been left feeling ‘confusion and uncertainty’ after three Court of Appeal judges were unable to agree who is responsible for paying compensation to them.
Their judgement ruled that only some sufferers of mesothelioma and other related diseases could recover damages, reports the BBC.
Insurers, who faced massive bills from those affected by the lethal fibres if the ruling went against them, argued that, rather than the date of exposure, they should only be liable to pay compensation from the date of the onset of disease symptoms.
An earlier ruling at the High Court was seen as a victory for victims, after it stated that the former criterion should apply.
But today’s ruling found that, in some cases, the responsibility lay with insurers from the onset of symptoms, which can take up to 60 years to develop.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: October 8, 2010
Author: David Brown