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Asbestos fibres are blamed for pleural plaques

ASBESTOS victims have won a landmark ruling against insurers at the Supreme Court which could see billions paid out to Scottish sufferers.

Case study 3: 'Asbestos dust is like nuclear fall-out'

Robert Adams, 72, of Knightswood, Glasgow, was a joiner all his working life in the Clyde shipyards. He was diagnosed with pleural plaques three years ago.

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Case study 2: 'I was told not to kick up the dust'

Michael Johnstone, 67, from Ruchazie, Glasgow, worked for 13 years in Cape Board and Panels factory.

Case study 1: 'My illness will only get worse'

George O'Donnell, 79, was diagnosed with pleural plaques two years ago. Since then he has developed incurable mesothelioma.

Background: Insurance giants were no match for Scottish courts

IN 2006 the English Court of Appeal overturned the practice that employees would receive damages for contracting pleural plaques as a result of exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos victims victorious in David and Goliath battle

WORKERS whose health was damaged by exposure to asbestos will be able to claim for damages, after insurers lost their bid to change the law.

Asbestos victims win right to claim damages from insurers

INSURERS have lost another challenge to a law that gives victims of an asbestos-related condition the right to claim damages.

Insurers face bill for billions after court backs asbestos law

LEADING insurance firms claimed they might have to pay billions of pounds after they failed yesterday to block legislation by the Scottish Parliament to help people exposed to asbestos.

Insurance firms lose asbestos appeal

INSURANCE firms lost a legal bid today to overturn a new law which allows victims of an asbestos-related condition to claim damages.

City fined £14,000 over asbestos risks

COUNCIL bosses hit by a £14,000 fine for putting workers at risk of exposure to asbestos today said they were confident it would not happen again after tightening up safety procedures.

Council is fined £10,000 for exposing families to asbestos

A COUNCIL was fined £10,000 yesterday after the authority pled guilty to exposing residents of a block of flats to asbestos.

Compensation hopes of asbestos-linked cancer campaigners dashed by ruling

THOUSANDS of sufferers of an asbestos-related illness linked to cancer have been told that they will not qualify for state benefits.

Giants battle ruling to give asbestos sufferers damages

INSURANCE firms went to court yesterday in an attempt to overturn a law affecting victims of negligent exposure to asbestos.

Insurers bid to overturn asbestos ruling

THE insurance industry will this week launch a rare bid to overturn a law passed by the Scottish Parliament, warning that it could cost businesses and consumers millions in higher insurance premiums.

Scottish asbestos victims win legal battle

VICTIMS of an asbestos-related condition have won the right to be represented in the legal battle over the right to compensation, it was announced today.

Asbestos law to be challenged by insurers

INSURERS yesterday launched a last-ditch challenge against a law giving victims of exposure to asbestos the power to seek damages in Scotland.

Breakthrough for asbestos victims

VICTIMS of negligent exposure to asbestos were yesterday given new powers to seek damages in Scotland.

In pictures: The victims of asbestos

WHEN Harry McCluskey wakes in the morning in his home in Glasgow, he has to sit on the side of his bed for several minutes before he can summon the strength and breath to rise and get on with the day. McCluskey, 71, suffers from pleural plaques, pleural thickening and asbestosis, illnesses of the lungs caused by inhaling asbestos while he worked in the shipyards.

Inquiry into cost of asbestos pay-outs

THE cost of compensating people with the asbestos-related condition pleural plaques will be investigated by the Scottish Government, it was announced yesterday.

Asbestos-related condition 'a good thing', says lawyer

AN INSURANCE lawyer yesterday claimed an asbestos-related condition was a "good thing" because it proved the body's defences were in good working order.

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