A ruling by the Law Lords today has opened the gates to claims for asbestosis compensation that coul...
A ruling by the Law Lords today has opened the gates to claims for asbestosis compensation that could cost the UK insurance industry more than £8bn.
The Law Lords overturned a previous Court of Appeal decision that workers who were exposed to asbestos by two or more employers could not get compensation.
The Court of Appeal had said it was not possible to prove which company's asbestos had caused cancer in claimants whose surviving families were currently pursuing compensation.
Today the need to prove the causal link to the point of identifying which employer's asbestos fibres caused cancer was rejected.
Lawyers acting for the claimants say that had the Law Lords sided with insurance companies in the argument, then it would have also been impossible to pursue action against tobacco companies for the cancers their cigarettes cause.
It is calculated that by 2010 up to 10,000 people in the UK could be dying from asbestos related illnesses each year.
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