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Home > News > Personal Injury News

3rd May 2006

Compensation Cut for Deadly Asbestos Cancer, Mesothelioma

Compensation Claim

Today, the House of Lords has ruled that thousands of Mesothelioma sufferers and their families will face enormous cuts in the amount of compensation they are awarded.

They have decided that in cases where sufferers have been exposed to asbestos by more than one employer and at least one of the employers no longer exists or was not insured, then the full amount of compensation will not be awarded.

About Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer which is caused as a result of exposure to asbestos and kills 1,800 people each year. Most people who contract Mesothelioma and other asbestos related illnesses have been exposed to the asbestos by their employers who did not warn them of the dangers they were in.

Mary Murray is 84 and lives in Sunderland. Her husband died of Mesothelioma and she said ": "I've had 7 years of misery since John died a painful death from this terrible disease. Employers and insurance companies care more about the money than they do about being fair to people like me and my husband who suffered so much. John didn't want to die and he certainly didn't want his employers who killed him to avoid their legal responsibility. Justice hasn't been done."

Sylvia Barker is 58 and lives in Holywell, Flintshire. She also lost her husband to Mesothelioma and said "I'm angry that after these people took away Vernon's life, they are adding insult to injury. They admitted that they should have protected him from asbestos. I can't understand why the House of Lords would change the law to save them paying for what they have done."

Asbestos Solicitor

Clear Answers' specialist personal injury lawyers, Thompsons Solicitors acted for Mrs Murray, one of the widows mentioned above.

Ian McFall, Head of Asbestos Litigation at Thompsons said "The lords seem to be saying that employers can be excused paying in full for their past law breaking activities while their insurers and their shareholders will get a multi-million pound windfall, even though in the UK they can well afford to pay full asbestos compensation. Severe financial hardship will result from individual awards being slashed by tens of thousands of pounds. We call on parliament to correct this massive injustice."

If you or someone you know has contracted Mesothelioma or any other asbestos related disease and you would like some advice about whether you will be able to make a claim for compensation, contact Clear Answers on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

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