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Karl Tonks Addresses the Need for Industrial Disease Claims

July 1, 2012 by  Filed under News


Karl Tonks, the Chairman of the Association of Personal Injury Solicitors, has recently demanded that something has to be immediately performed to help the sufferers of industrial diseases who are dying even before winning the deserved compensation. He stated that it has been 2 years since the government has proposed to create an insurance fund to help the victims of the asbestos-related diseases. Tonks added that the insurance companies should have been more responsible in doing something to ensure that the thousands of workers who have caught serious diseases with no mistake on their part win the compensation they deserve.

Asbestos is one of the most prominent sources of industrial diseases in the UK. Many people suffer from asbestos-related diseases contributing to the rising number of workplace fatalities in the UK. Experts have opined that the number of asbestos-related diseases and deaths will continue to increase in the coming years and will take a big shape in next 5 to 10 years. What is more shocking is that though the use of asbestos was banned in the 1980s, still certain specific materials were made and used till 1999. Now, the question is: why are illness and deaths from asbestos-related ailments are still increasing? A long latency period is the reason behind it. Asbestos-related diseases can take 10 to 40 years to show up.

APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) has been pushing the government for a fund to recompense the loss suffered by the victims of industrial diseases who are unable to approach their former employer’s insurance companies for compensation. Tonks promised that the proposed Employers’ Liability Insurance Bureau would offer the victims hope. The Insurance Bureau would also help the victims of road accidents with uninsured drivers. The industrial disease claim provided to the sufferers would help them to pay for their treatment in their final days and aid them to reduce the financial burden of their family after they die. Karl Tonks stated that “An insurance fund of last resort is urgent, and it must compensate injured workers properly”.

The UK government had introduced a number of laws to safeguard the workers from unsafe working environment. These laws clearly delineated what the employers’ responsibility would be to ensure a safe and sound worksite. In a nutshell, it is the employer who should take proper measures to prevent work-related diseases and other workplace accidents. The responsibility of an employer includes supplying protective devices so that the workers can execute their tasks without the fear of injury. Those suffering from serious industrial diseases can approach solicitors and discuss their case. Here it is important to mention that those suffering from industrial diseases have been exempted from the no win no fee system. According to the UK government, a person suffering from a deadly disease like mesothelioma is not making up their disease to earn a quick buck. Thus, they should be kept out of the compensation culture. The no win no fee solicitors are not happy with the government’s decision to exclude industrial disease claims from the UK’s no win no fee system.

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