As of December 14th, people in Northern Ireland who suffer from asbestos-related pleural plaques will be able to make compensation claims, according to new legislation. In 2007 the House of Lords ruled that victims of asbestos-related pleural plaques would not be able to seek compensation, and the reversal of this ruling is much welcomed by the people of Northern Ireland.
Finance Minister, Sammy Wilson, has set aside £2.5million for the claims that are expected, following the legislation. It is estimated that victims of the condition could be compensated up to £15,000.
Although pleural plaques is largely symptomless, it can develop into more serious conditions such as mesothelioma, which can have fatal consequences. As such, the government has recognised the importance of compensating people for their suffering.