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Asbestos law experts in plea to Government

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Specialist lawyers from Sheffield are urging the Government to ensure thousands of families, whose lives are torn apart because of terminal illness caused by asbestos exposure, are not given a ‘second rate solution’.

The plea comes as the Mesothelioma Bill goes through a second reading in the House of Commons today.

The Bill outlines a scheme to provide payments to those who cannot trace their former employer’s insurer.

However, experts at Sheffield-based law firm Irwin Mitchell have expressed concern thousands of sufferers will be denied full justice due to the scheme’s technicalities.

Adrian Budgen, head of the firm’s asbestos-related disease team, said: “In some situations it is impossible to find evidence of insurance records where firms have ceased to exist.

“While the Government has tried to address this issue, with the promise of a scheme to help those who cannot trace an insurer, many asbestos victims will be left high and dry by the proposal’s technicalities.”

 

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