The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has spoken out against new plans to delete the details of defunct businesses from Companies House records after six years.
APIL highlights that thousands of seriously ill workers and bereaved families need the records held at Companies House to identify their former employers and the relevant insurers in negligence cases so that they can pursue them for compensation. Deleting these records would be highly detrimental to their attempts to claim the compensation they need and deserve.
“Victims of asbestos-related disease mesothelioma, for example, are dying because of exposure at work as far back as the 1980s,” explained APIL’s president Neil Sugarman. “Some of those companies who exposed their employees to asbestos are now likely dissolved and the records would be deleted under the plans.”
“Without a record of the original company entity, workers and their families may never see justice be served,” he added.
“There is no possible reason or motivation for deleting company records which should supersede the need to access information on behalf of vulnerable and ill individuals,” Neil Sugarman concluded.
Department of Work and Pensions figures show that there were 3,128 mesothelioma claims in Great Britain in 2015/16. If you have been affected by mesothelioma, or any other asbestos-related illness, then contact our expert personal injury lawyers today for advice on making a claim.
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