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A former builder from Colchester who contracted an asbestos-related cancer has won a landmark case. Since 2009 David Mahoney has been fighting for compensation from his insurance company after he inhaled asbestos fibres at work in the 1970s.
The insurers claimed they aren't liable because of the delay between exposure and diagnosis. But today the Supreme Court ordered them to pay up.
Relatives of workers who died of an asbestos-related cancer won a compensation fight at the Supreme Court today. Judges ruled that insurance liability was "triggered" when employees were exposed to asbestos dust - not when symptoms of mesothelioma emerged.
Legal experts say the ruling by the UK's highest court means that employers' insurers will have to pay compensation claims.
Relatives of victims want to make claims on policies from the late 1940s to the late 1990s.
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A former builder from Colchester who contracted an asbestos-related cancer will find out today if he will get compensation.