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Minister 'planning industrial disease claims changes'

Minister 'planning industrial disease claims changes'

People seeking compensation for asbestos-related illnesses could see rules attached to industrial disease claims made in the UK change in the near future, it has emerged.

According to the Mirror, justice secretary Ken Clarke - who is also MP for the constituency of Rushcliffe - is in the process of implementing reforms to this part of the British legal system.

Judith King, a 65-year-old woman whose husband David died of cancer after being in contact with asbestos, told the news source she had met with the government official to discuss the possibility of alterations to the legal aid scheme.

However, she stated she was left "furious" when Mr Clarke informed her that he is looking to bring in a similar system to that used in America, whereby 25 per cent of all damages awards for conditions like mesothelioma will be taken up by legal bills.

"He's missed the point. The voices of the victims haven't been heard," Mrs King said.

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Posted by Trusha Vyas