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Bob Dorris, Glasgow SNP MSP, has warned that insurance companies are "buying off" asbestos compensation claims in order to prevent themselves from facing further, more valuable, claims in the future.

At the moment sufferers of pleural plaques, an asbestos-related condition characterised by scarring of the lungs, are being given settlements from insurance companies with the proviso that accepting payout invalidates their right to a mesothelioma or lung cancer asbestos compensation claim in the future.

Reportedly, some claimants are being given the option of £5,000 for pleural plaques or £10,000 for pleural plaques but with no option to make a further claim in the event of a mesothelioma or lung cancer diagnosis.

"Put bluntly my constituents are being offered relatively small amounts of cash from insurance companies to ‘buy off' the risk of future compensation claims should sufferers develop conditions such as Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer or Asbestosis," commented Mr Dorris.

"Not only does the sufferer lose out financially should the more serious and often terminal condition be identified, so do their loved ones who otherwise may be compromising their own right to compensation.

There are concerns that this tactic could unfairly hit those who are most financially vulnerable.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other form of occupational cancer it is vital that you have the right legal support to help ensure you receive provision for your practical, medical and family needs. Contact Thompsons Scotland personal injury lawyers today for help and information regarding the best ways for you to ensure your legal rights in an asbestos compensation claim. click here for more information.

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