The Court of Appeal will next week hear insurers' appeals of a court ruling that they should pay compensation to asbestos victims with pleural plaques.

In February, the High Court found in favour of claimants, ruling that compensation was payable. The judgment meant that thousands of workers who have been exposed to asbestos over the past 50 years would be eligible for compensation.

Insurers refuted the case because there are no side affects associated with pleural plaques. There were concerns that the ruling could pave the way for liability in other areas where symptoms are not present.

The six appeals will be heard over the course of four days next week.