Court decides there is no ' safe limit' for Mesothelioma victims

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The Court of Appeal has recently heard the cases of Sienkiewicz v- Greif and Knowsley Metropolitan Council v Willmore.

All seven judges in the Court of Appeal agreed that unless reasonable steps were taken by Employers to prevent exposure to asbestos an individual has a claim.

These matters concerned claims by the Estates of two Merseyside women, Enid and Dianne who sadly passed away as a result of contracting Mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos. 

Enid was exposed by working in the offices of packing factory Grief between 1966 and 1984.  Dianne was exposed whilst a pupil at Bowering Comprehensive School in Merseyside in the 1970's.

Both Defendants had admitted using asbestos but denied any breach of duty.

The Court that found that the Claimants who contract Mesothelioma only have to prove that there has been a material exposure to asbestos which has left them at an increased risk of contracting the disease.   The Court rejected arguments that Claimant had to prove that their exposure to asbestos had doubled their risk of developing the disease following decision in Fairchild.

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