Maureen Edwards, whose father died of mesothelioma, said she was delighted by today's ruling after a 'horrendous' fight for justice.
Leslie Screach died in 2003 after being exposed to asbestos fibres. Today his daughter Ruth Durham said she still had mixed emotions:
Lawyer Helen Ashton said today's ruling provided "clarity and comfort" for families of mesothelioma victims. She represented the lead claimant in the case:
The father of Maureen Edwards died of mesothelioma. Speaking after today's Supreme Court ruling she said no amount of money could compensate for such a 'horrendous death'.
According to legal experts the ruling by Britain's highest court means that employers' insurers will have to pay compensation claims. Relatives of the victims want to make claims on policies from the late 1940s to the late 1990s. The legal fight began more than five years ago.
Relatives of workers who died of an asbestos-related cancer have won a fight for compensation. The Supreme Court has ruled that insurance liability was "triggered" at the time mesothelioma victims were exposed to dust.
- Each year around 2,300 people are diagnosed in the UK
- Affects thin membrane that lines the chest and abdomen
- Most common cause is exposure to asbestos
- Rare and has a poor prognosis because it is complicated to diagnose and treat