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August 3, 2010

Former pleural plaques claimants’ scheme open for business

by Gill Montia

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Former pleural plaques claimants have until 1st August 2011 to lodge their claims with a new government scheme.

Insurers have long argued that the plaques, which are areas of fibrosis on the inner surface of the ribcage and the diaphragm, do not impact on health or lead to asbestos-related diseases.

However, following a Law Lords’ ruling in October 2007 that the condition does not constitute actionable or compensatable damage under the civil law, the Government announced that it would provide fixed payments of £5,000 for individuals who had begun, but not resolved, legal claims for compensation at the time of the ruling.

The scheme applies in England and Wales only as a legal judgment means that pleural plaques are compensatable under the Damages (Asbestos Related Conditions) (Scotland) Act 2009, although the Association of British Insurers is considering an appeal.

 

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