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Should insurance companies be trusted?

Andrew James

Posted by Andrew James | Senior Associate
On 17th January 2017

A look back in history at the way that one of the UK’s biggest asbestos claims handlers dealt with their liabilities gives us a clue. The Iron Trades, a mutual association was founded in 1898 and could write insurance business only for customers who were members of that mutual organisation. In the 1940s, the association created a new subsidiary that it used to write business to non-members called the Iron Trades Mutual Insurance Company Ltd.

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True cost of asbestos in schools

Andrew James

Posted by Andrew James | Senior Associate
On 17th August 2016

More than 224 teachers have died of mesothelioma in the period between 2003 and 2012. We are now also seeing an increasing number of younger people diagnosed with mesothelioma and with no known occupational exposure. Sarah Bowman aged 49 was compensated when Brent Council settled her claim for mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos as a pupil at two schools in Brent. A 33 year old Devon woman is pursuing a claim that her mesothelioma was caused by asbestos exposure at school during maintenance works carried out.

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Removing all trace

Andrew James

Posted by Andrew James | Senior Associate
On 9th August 2016

The government proposal to delete records of companies after 6 years makes little sense to anyone trying to pursue industrial disease litigation. The DWP figures for mesothelioma victims for 2015/2016 has risen to over 3100. The disease has a latency of up to 60 years and the search for the company responsible for exposing a worker to asbestos has always been a difficult task.

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The needs of industry

Andrew James

Posted by Andrew James | Senior Associate
On 2nd August 2016

In the 1960s, faced with increasing scientific evidence that all types of asbestos caused mesothelioma the asbestos industry sought to fight back in the same way as the tobacco industry and establish a scientific counter argument. The early investigations into asbestos and mesothelioma made no differentiation between types of asbestos, they all caused mesothelioma.

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