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More victims of asbestos related diseases to receive compensation following landmark ruling

A recent court case has improved the chances of many people being compensated for asbestos related diseases – even if they didn’t work directly with the toxic substance.

The Supreme Court ruled that the mesothelioma victim, who had worked as a lorry driver in the mid to late 50’s, should receive compensation – a week after his death from the illness.

The Devon man had been exposed to asbestos during his duties picking up waste products from Battersea Power Station and had previously had his claim dismissed in a trial in Bristol. Following an appeal, he was awarded compensation because he had regularly gone into areas of the plant where asbestos dust was generated.

As a result of the asbestos related diseases claim brought against the National Grid, the 1931 regulations and the Factories Act passed just a few years later in 1937, will apply to far more cases.

Asbestos has been known to be a potentially harmful substance for over a hundred years and, as long ago as 1931, laws were passed which recognised this.

This is important because although these laws seem very old, they were in force for many years and as people who are exposed to asbestos often do not become ill until 40 or more years later, are still relevant.

It is good news, then, that these laws now apply to far more people than they used to – for example visitors to factories and not just the people who worked there. Although insurance companies will still fight claims, with expert advice on your side, the chances of success in asbestos related diseases claims are now better than they have been for many years.

It is pleasing to see a positive development for those affected by industrial diseases and we are already seeing cases having a far better chance of success as a result.

You can speak to a member of our team on 0161 835 8832. Alternatively, please email a summary of your potential claim and contact details to

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Written by Jon Andrews. Find out more about Jon here. 

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