MPs pass new law creating compensation scheme of last resort for mesothelioma victims

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MPs pass new law creating compensation scheme of last resort for mesothelioma victims

8th January 2014

Compensation will be paid by the scheme to mesothelioma victims who are unable to bring a case for compensation because either they cannot trace their employer or the employers’ insurer.

The scheme will be funded by an industry-wide levy on current employer’s liability insurance providers.

Successful applicants will receive 75% of the average compensation of mesothelioma victims of the same age who have pursued civil compensation claims.
The scheme will apply to all mesothelioma victims diagnosed after July 2012.

Slater & Gordon worked with MPs to campaign for the best deal for victims including writing amendments which were tabled in the House of Commons.

Paul Glanville asbestos lawyer at Slater & Gordon said: “The scheme is certainly a step in the right direction but there can be no moral justification for mesothelioma victims receiving only a percentage of the compensation they are entitled to.

“Under the Government’s new mesothelioma scheme they will be penalised because, through no fault of their own, they are unable to trace their previous employers or insurers.

“Further whilst this new law provides some compensation for mesothelioma victims diagnosed after July 2012 it ignores the thousands of victims who have died before this arbitrary cut-off date.
“It is regrettable that the government has not taken a firmer line with the insurance industry who over the years have always done as much as they can to reduce the compensation paid out to mesothelioma sufferers.”