Miners win historic battle for compensation

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 31 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:327
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The British government faces an estimated £1bn ($1.6bn) bill to compensate more than 100000 former miners who contracted respiratory diseases, after a historic ruling in the High Court last week.

    Thousands of former miners jammed telephone hotlines after the judgment by Mr Justice Turner in six test cases, which the judge described as the “tip of the iceberg.” The ruling is the culmination of a long legal battle by the pit deputies union NACODS to pin the blame for emphysema, bronchitis, …

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