Court ruling brings hope for claimants in asbestos-related deaths

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The families of people who died after exposure to asbestos could be able make insurance claims following a High Court ruling this week.

The UK Supreme Court has now placed insurance liability at the time an employee was exposed to asbestos, not when symptoms appeared.

Relatives of workers who died of the cancer mesothelioma want to make claims on policies dating from the 1940s.

There have been many mesothelioma inquests in Eastbourne over the years, as pensioners move from industrial locations and retire to the coast.

The cancer takes decades to develop so many retired people die in Eastbourne from the condition after working with the fatal substance when they were much younger.

Earlier this month, the Herald reported that Ratton teacher Neville Beck had died at the age of 71 from a mesothelioma.

His widow Susan Beck says her husband died from breathing in the asbestos dust on history books and she has launched a legal battle to sue Ratton School for £250,000.

The new ruling is expected to make legal cases like Mrs Beck’s easier.

One insurance firm in the case said that the ruling was not its ‘favoured outcome’ but welcomed the clarity it brought.