Relatives of workers who died of an asbestos related cancer have won a compensation fight at the Supreme Court.
Judges have ruled that liability of insurance companies was "triggered" when employees were exposed to asbestos dust and not when cancer symptoms emerged, sometimes decades later.
Roger Maddocks, from the Newcastle office of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors says it's welcome news for those suffering from mesothelioma.
A ruling by the Supreme Court has cleared the way for compensation payments by insurance firms to the families of people who died after exposure to asbestos.
The UNITE union has welcomed the ruling saying it will affect many of the two thousand five hundred people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year.
A lawyer representing the lead case in today's Supreme Court judgment on asbestos-related cancer said it provided "clarity, consistency and comfort" for the families of victims.
The ruling said insurers covering employers at the time of exposure to the illness were liable for the illness.
Helen Ashton from Irwin Mitchell, who represented the lead claimant in the case, said the judgment means the families of the thousands of victims would "get access to justice and receive the financial security they need."
“Asbestos-related disease is the biggest killer in the workplace in Britain, causing more than 5,000 deaths every year. The number of people affected by mesothelioma is still rising and because of the time it can take for this illness to develop it is expected to peak around 2015."