A new payment scheme for people suffering from mesothelioma comes into effect on 1 July after months of heated debate between victim support groups, campaigners, insurance companies and the Government.
The payment scheme is for people who develop mesothelioma but cannot claim against their employers because they are no longer in existence and no employer liability insurance could be found to cover the claim.
One of the campaigners, Brigitte Chandler, an expert in mesothelioma law at Swindon law firm, Charles Lucas & Marshall says that while the new regime is far from ideal, it does signify progress for many of her clients.
“Unfortunately only people diagnosed with mesothelioma on or after 25 July 2012 can apply to the new scheme,” says Brigitte Chandler. “I have already started being approached by clients who earlier tried to bring a claim but couldn’t do so, because of lack of insurance.
“The scheme is fairly simple and requires an application form to proceed. Some clients have already completed the form and are awaiting payment. The administrators aim to complete each application within six weeks.”
The Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme will start making payments to asbestos victims – or their families from 1 July. Insurers will be contributing around £350 million to the scheme over the next ten years.
Awards will be fixed on a scale equating to 80% of the average value of claims that go to court, ranging between £70 – £200k. The applicant will have to prove they were exposed to asbestos in their employment as a result of their employer’s negligence and show they have tried to find the employer’s insurers – but without success. Experienced industrial disease lawyers will be able to do this on behalf of their clients.
For further information contact Brigitte Chandler on 01793 511055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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