Asbestos lawsuit opens doors to compensation
A recent Supreme Court asbestos lawsuit concluded that the insurers who provided policies to employers during the period in which asbestos was used would have to pay compensation to those who became ill from exposure. The asbestos lawsuit was a test case, progressing through the upper echelons of the UK court system; it is one of the most protracted lawsuits in legal history.
Some insurance companies controversially fought the asbestos lawsuit to minimise payouts to a maximum of 6,000 victims (or their families in those cases where the victim has passed away) suffering from mesothelioma – a type of asbestos-related cancer. With the huge number of victims and significant public support, many insurers distanced themselves from the controversial litigation taken by a handful of insurers to try and limit compensation pay-outs.
The peak of asbestos-related illnesses is expected in the next few years and it has been predicted that the insurers’ compensation bill could top £6bn.
How was asbestos used and what effect does over-exposure have?
Asbestos was a common building material, used in many industrial and construction projects between 1930 and the late 1970s. In recent years its harmful effects on health have come to light and many thousands of people have been left to suffer the consequences of asbestos exposure.
Asbestos is now the single biggest cause of illness and death in the workplace. Asbestos related diseases affect the lung and pleura, normally caused by long-term inhalation of tiny airborne asbestos fibres. There are more asbestos-related deaths every year in the UK, than there are killed in road traffic accidents. The dangerous asbestos fibres can lay dormant in the lungs for 50 years before any symptoms surface. It is also recognised that asbestos-related diseases may also have passed on to others in close proximity by those who worked with asbestos.
What is the next step for asbestos-related illness sufferers and how does the asbestos lawsuit affect you?
If you were exposed to asbestos through the course of your work, or through contact with somebody who was exposed, and are now suffering from any asbestos-related conditions, then you may be entitled to make an asbestos compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline’s solicitors are experts in dealing with asbestos disease compensation claims and operate a 100% no win, no fee* policy. If you don’t win your case, you pay nothing.