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Industrial Diseases – A Legal Point of View

Asbestos Scheme Increased to 100 per cent Compensation

Asbestos victims who cannot trace their employer’s insurer will now receive 100 per cent of the average court settlement under the Government’s new scheme of ‘last resort’.

Originally, claimants had only been entitled to 80 per cent of the average claim but the Government announced this week it would increase the amount to the full 100 per cent.

The payment scheme is for people who develop mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer, 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.

Brigitte Chandler, an expert in industrial disease law at Swindon law firm, Charles Lucas & Marshall says the announcement is welcome news for many of her clients.

“Unfortunately only people diagnosed with mesothelioma on or after 25 July 2012 can apply,” says Brigitte Chandler. “The scheme is fairly simple and requires an application form to proceed. The administrators aim to complete each application within six weeks.”

Applicants will have to prove they were exposed to asbestos in their employment as a result of their employer’s negligence and also 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 brigitte.chandler@clmlaw.co.uk

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