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Karl Tonks highlights compensation for asbestos related diseases

June 1, 2012

Karl Tonks, an expert lawyer in industrial diseases and the Chairman of the Association of Personal Injury Solicitors of which Claire Lamb is affiliated, is asking for something to be done urgently for victims of asbestos-related sickness who are dying before receiving compensation.

He said it has been two years since the government had finalised the outcomes of consultations for plans to initiate an insurance fund.

Karl Tonks, as the head of the employers’ liability section at Fentons Solicitors, and in his position of president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, said that it was vital that insurers did more to make sure that those thousands of employees who had become sick when it was not their fault receive just compensation for their suffering.

APIL has been campaigning for a fund to be set up to compensate workers who have suffered from industrial diseases and are unable to use insurers of their past employers.

Tonks stated that the proposal for an emergency fund for Employers Liability Insurance, which had been suggested many years ago would offer hope to individuals who were still not able to locate an insurer, which is quite similar to the present system for people injured in accidents with uninsured road users.

He emphasised that an insurance fund was urgent, and it should offer suitable compensation for injured employees. Too often workers were put at risk at work which brings on an illness many years on, like asbestos related diseases, during that period insurance records are often lost or have been destroyed.

He further stated that for people who were put at risk a long time ago and now have to suffer the consequences, finding the insurance company is just pot luck. The whole situation was certainly not their fault and they should be offered the chance at justice because of it. In the process, insurers have gained the premiums, but due to circumstances are not acting responsibly towards the people, many of whom will die just because they did a day’s work.

He concluded by saying that it is time for insurers to front up to their responsibilities.