Asbestos victims are still dying without legal redress, two years after the government finished consulting on plans to set up an insurance fund to help them.
Personal injury campaigners are pressing the government on the need for a fund to compensate sick and dying workers who cannot trace their former employers’ insurers to ensure that they are provided proper compensation.
The criticism of the present system is that for those who were exposed to harm many years ago and are now suffering the consequences, it is the luck of the draw whether they can find the insurers they need for a claim.
Claimant campaigners say that it is not the fault of the injured employee that their previous employer’s insurer cannot be traced due to the passage of time and therefore be denied justice. Their previous employer’s insurers have taken the premiums, but by mere circumstance are not serving their responsibility to people some of whom are dying as a consequence of simply turning up for work.