Asbestos-related cancer suffers are to receive up to £54,000 extra thanks to new compensation rules brought in on the 10th of February 2015.
New rules for the government’s Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme will see compensation rise up from the current 80% to match 100% of average civil claims, which could mean an increase of up to £54,000 a person.
Those diagnosed with asbestos-related mesothelioma as of February 10th 2015 will benefit from the payment increases.
Over £19 million has already been paid out in the first 10 months of the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme. Hundreds of diffuse mesothelioma sufferers unable to claim compensation as their employer or employer’s liability insurer is untraceable have already been helped.
Work and Pensions Minister, Lord Freud said:
“For years, many victims of this truly terrible disease have been failed by successive governments and the insurance industry. With this scheme we are continuing to help the many victims and families that mesothelioma has left without financial support.
From today we are raising compensation payments to 100% of average civil claims. It is partly thanks to the success of the insurance industry in tracing liable insurers and employers that we are able to make these changes as part of our on-going commitment to support mesothelioma sufferers.”
Though the majority of suffers are able to claim compensation through the liability insurance held by their employer, a significant minority cannot.
The government’s scheme exists to help those sufferers and their dependents.
Details on the government compensation scheme and how to apply are available at: