April 30, 2012
-- Back in March of this year, the UK saw a change in the law that could benefit thousands of families nationwide. The Supreme Court announced that the families of people that have died after asbestosis or mesothelioma will now be able to make insurance claims on policies dating back to the 1940s, and policies that were in effect on the date of exposure, rather than the date that the disease starting showing symptoms.
Every year, at least 4000 people die of asbestos related illnesses although this figure could actually be higher. It is expected that the number of asbestos related deaths will peak in the upcoming years as asbestos is no longer used in the UK in the construction and manufacturing industries as it once was. Blue and brown asbestos have been banned in Great Britain since 1985.
Mr Dean, owner of Gordon Dean Solicitors in Norfolk says, “This ruling will provide a great deal of clarity for the families of those who have died after years of confusion over where liability lies. Thousands of families across the UK will now be able to gain some financial security after the loss of a loved one.”
If a member of your family has passed from an asbestos related illness, it is recommended that you consult with a reputable firm of solicitors who will be able to explain the compensation process to you. For more information about the law around asbestos claims and Gordon Dean Solicitors in Nowrich, visit their website at http://www.gordondeansolicitorsllp.co.uk