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Asbestos campaigners in Scotland have reacted angrily to Court changes, because they feel that this will downgrade their compensation claims, it has been reported.
The Court Reform Bill, moves personal injury claims from the highest Court in Scotland, the Court of Session, to a Sheriff Court or new personal injury court.
Campaigners and people suffering from asbestos illness in Scotland are reportedly saying that they feel betrayed. Some called on the Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, to resign. More than two dozen people from Clydeside Action on Asbestos walked out of the Scottish Parliament, as Scottish MPs reportedly rejected an amendment that would have guaranteed the asbestos cases would continue to be heard in the Court of Session.
It is believed that some of the campaigners feel that the insurance companies will now be the winners, and that legal costs associated with claims in Scotland could wipe out compensation awarded. Andrew Stinchcombe of Novum Law comments “It is important that sufferers of an asbestos related disease and their families obtain justice from the highest possible courts, as these claims are complicated and must be dealt with sympathetically and quickly.”
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