Court ruling hurts asbestos workers

October 19, 2007

Welsh factory workers who suffer scarring of the lung tissue from asbestos may have lost their right to file for compensation.

The Western Mail newspaper said the Law Lords ruled in the case of Rothwell vs. Chemical Insulation & Co. that people who had the scarring, known as pleural plaques, could not claim compensation because it was technically not a disease.

The High Court ruled in 2005 that people suffering from pleural plaques should receive compensation, but reduced the amount of the compensation payments, the newspaper said.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

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1 / 5 (1) Oct 21, 2007
"...could not claim compensation because it was technically not a disease..."

What a bullshit excuse not to pay people who have put thier lives and health at risk to make a living.

Maybe we need to put the judge to work in the industry; then see how fast pleural plaques gets reclassified as a disease!

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