Insurers seek to smash stronghold of pleural plaques claims

The UK Supreme Court will decide today if insurers need to pay out for Scottish pleural plaques claims in the future.

Five years ago the House of Lords ruled that pleural plaques claims are not valid in the rest of the UK, but a Scottish Parliament law passed in 2009 lets them be made in Scotland.

AXA, Aviva, RSA and Zurich failed to overturn this law in April this year, but appealed to the Supreme Court.

Pleural plaques form on the lung membrane after asbestos exposure but cause no ill-effects.