Dying asbestos victim tells of fight for compensation as insurance companies use new loophole to avoid paying out

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Dying asbestos victim tells of fight for compensation as insurance companies use new loophole to avoid paying out

Jun 29 2012 By John Ferguson

 

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Ian Hamilton with his wife Janette

 

A DYING asbestos victim broke down in tears yesterday as he demanded justice.

Retired shipbuilder Ian Hamilton, 70, is among hundreds of former heavy industry workers fighting for compensation after developing mesothelioma cancer.

Insurers are trying to use a loophole in the law to avoid paying out.

They say sufferers who, like Ian, failed to start court action within three years of being diagnosed with pleural plaques, a less serious lung condition, are barred from making a claim.

Yesterday, grandad-of-five Ian, who has been given a year to live, wept as he slammed insurers Aviva and called on Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to change the law.

He said: “All I want to do is spend the rest of my life without having to worry about court and lawyers and compensation.

 

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“I want this settled so I can spend the time I have left with my family and my grandchildren.

“The insurance companies don’t care about people, they will use any trick in the book to avoid paying out.

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