The Mesothelioma (Amendment) Bill gets its 2nd reading in the House of Lords today and if passed will force around 150 insurance companies to help fund research into the deadly disease, which can take as long as 50 years to develop.
Earlier in the year, Mike Kane, Labour MP for Wythenshaw and Sale East, gained unanimous support for the Bill in The House of Commons. The Bill now makes its way through The House of Lords and if approved, goes for Royal Assent before being made law.
The Bill, if approved, will mean that an estimated 150 insurance companies who are currently active in the employers's liability market, will be forced to contribute to research into the deadly lung cancer that is generally caused by exposure to asbestos dust.
Mesothelioma is a particularly aggressive form of lung cancer and will be responsible for an estmated 60,000 further deaths over the next 30 years, according to Mr Kane.
BBC Breakfast interviewed a gentleman this morning (20 November) who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in June this year, but he contracted the disease as a result of working with asbestos around 50 years ago.
Because of the length of time it takes the disease to develop, it can be difficult to trace where the disease was contracted and often, employers have long since ceased trading.
At Atherton Godfrey, we have helped many industrial disease sufferers to recover the compensation they deserve, regardless of how long ago they were exposed to asbestos. One elderly gentleman we worked for had contracted the disease when he stripped the asbestos out of steam engine boilers back in the days when he was just an apprentice.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, contact us for free, confidential advice about making a claim. Call 01302 320621.