- Justice for Mesothelioma Victims
This month will mark an important period for those suffering from the fatal effects of mesothelioma, this is in part due to the governments newly implemented Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme coming into force.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that affects the lungs of patients and often develops in those who have been exposed to asbestos. Asbestos was widely used as a form of building material across the UK and owing to the harmful effects of the material, it has been reported that as many as 20 tradesmen die from mesothelioma each week.
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Due to the lapse of time between exposure to asbestos and manifestation of the disease in patients, (usually between 40 to 50 years), it has been difficult for claimants to obtain redress when their employers have become insolvent or insurance records have gone missing.
In response to this injustice, the government implemented the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme. This grants claimants who are not able to trace their employer, the opportunity to apply for compensation from a pool funded by the insurance industry.
Only those who would have won their claim for compensation against their employer and who are not able to recover compensation from their employer because the employer no longer exists and insurance cannot be found, will be eligible to apply for compensation under this scheme.
The fund will pay on the basis of age at diagnosis but is only applicable to those diagnosed after the 25th of July 2012.
It is thought that claimants will receive 80% of the average award if they had proceeded through the courts rather than the 75% that was originally proposed. They will also get an additional £7,000 towards legal expenses. This scheme will operate this April 2014 and payments will be expected to start from July 2014.
Commenting on the scheme, Work and Pensions Minister, Mike Penning said:
“This will end years of injustice for mesothelioma victims and their families – who have had to endure this terrible disease with little hope of any compensation from the insurance industry”.
“We have made it an absolute priority to bring in the scheme as soon as legislation will allow, so I am pleased to announce that victims will be able to apply for payments from next month”.
It is promising to see the Government taking action in this area through providing a means of redress for the acts of past negligent employers. As such, it is a positive step forward in supporting victims and their families. We now hope that these claimants will finally get justice and the compensation that they deserve.