Despite the dangers of exposure to asbestos being well known, some firms are continuing to ignore the risks and are continuing to put their staff and others at significant risk.
At Thompsons we deal with hundreds of cases of people who have been exposed to asbestos and have suffered the harrowing consequences of an asbestos related illness. As a solicitor these cases are particularly difficult to deal with due to the impacts the illness and in many cases, ultimately death, can have on the victims and their families.
With each passing week we at Thompsons Solicitors hear more and more about asbestos in schools both from compensation claims, as well as general public concern about the risks regarding how widespread the problem is.
Many people think Asbestos related risks are a thing of the past and effect only labourers who worked with Asbestos when it was widely used pre-war. The reality however is very different and asbestos exposure and the risks related to this continue to be an issue that affects everyone in society including the Royals and leaders of our country!
The closure of two schools, one in Northern Ireland and the other in Wales, earlier this week due to the discovery of deadly asbestos unfortunately comes as little surprise.
I was shocked to hear of the latest tactic taken by insurance companies in dealing with claims for compensation by mesothelioma sufferers. The insurers argue that a claim is time-barred if a victim was originally diagnosed with pleural plaques, but did not claim damages for that within three years.
A widow has been given leave to proceed with a personal injury action against two Scottish councils over the death of her husband from mesothelioma, despite the fact that the councils did not exist at the time he was exposed to asbestos.
I was delighted to hear about the landmark Supreme Court decision which has demanded that insurers finally pay up to sufferers of asbestos-related diseases. The court rejected a bid by insurance companies to overturn a Scottish law which gives people who have developed pleural plaques, a lung disorder associated with asbestos exposure, the right to claim compensation.