Claimant Advocates in Scotland Want Employers to Reimburse Public Health for Asbestos Treatment Cost

Medical liens continue to grow in importance in terms of who ends up paying for what as to asbestos-related disease. In Scotland, an advocates group for victims reportedly is urging action to force employer’s to pay medical expenses. A key quote is:

"More than £20 million is spent each year by the NHS in Scotland diagnosing and treating people from the effects of exposure to asbestos, including diseases like mesothelioma, according to pressure group Clydeside Action on Asbestos.

Phyllis Craig, who chairs the group, said: "We are urging the Scottish Parliament to address this issue as a priority.

"It is widely accepted that the number of people being diagnosed with mesothelioma continues to increase, placing an ever greater burden on the NHS and palliative care services.

"The responsibility for meeting these costs rests with the employers who exposed their employees to asbestos, contributing to the development of their illness."


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Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”


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