05 March 2009
Publication calls for reinstatement of compensation for pleural plaques
Calls have been made by a publication for the reinstatement of compensation for pleural plaques sufferers.
According to the Mirror, people with the condition - a form of scarring on the outer lining of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos dust - should once more be eligible for payouts.
Two years ago, the Law Lords decided to withdraw the rights of pleural plaques sufferers to seek compensation.
In total, the Mirror made five demands, including one for sufferers of asbestos-related diseases to receive "fair and equal" payouts in cases where the insurers of the bosses who exposed them to asbestos cannot be traced.
The newspaper also called for the Health and Safety Executive to be given the resources it needs to meet its own targets for inspecting asbestos removal work.
As well as pleural plaques, exposure to the insulating material can result in the development of conditions such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and asbestos-related lung cancer.
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