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Insurance companies in U.K. schemed to warp mesothelioma victims’ compensation

September 12th, 2014

A parliamentary inquiry in England has found that insurance companies schemed ways to cheat mesothelioma victims out of their due compensation from asbestos lawsuits. Insurance companies did not pay billions of dollars worth of asbestos claims due to not being able to find the policies of companies that exposed patients to asbestos in the first place.

 The British government is currently undergoing an investigation to solve unpaid asbestos lawsuits claims for victims who were exposed decades ago. In the U.K., more than 2,500 people die every year to due diseases from asbestos exposure — a larger figure than the number of people killed in traffic accidents.

 Thousands of patients were exposed to asbestos while working in industrial, construction or military jobs. After inhaling the asbestos fibers, diseases such as mesothelioma cancer and asbestosis can take decades to develop in the lungs. Tens of thousands of workers have filed mesothelioma lawsuits alleging that their employers knowingly exposed them to dangerous asbestos.

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