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.
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