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.” Read more
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have released the latest mesothelioma statistics for the Education Sector.
According to statistics the death of teachers caused by mesothelioma is on the rise, it has been recorded that 177 school teachers have died of mesothelioma since 2001.
Mesothelioma is a formally rare form of cancer that principally affects the pleura (the external lining of the lung) and the peritoneum (the lining of the lower digestive tract). Many cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed at an advanced stage as symptoms are non-specific and appear late in the development of the disease. It is almost always fatal with most of those affected usually dying within twelve months of diagnosis.
Asbestos is responsible for causing the vast majority of mesothelioma cases in Great Britain. There are currently about five times as many deaths in men as there are in women each year. This is largely a reflection of the fact that past asbestos exposures that caused many of these deaths tended to occur in occupational settings, and in jobs mainly held by men rather than women.
Although still caused by asbestos, a minority of currently occurring female deaths are directly attributable to occupational exposures. The continuing increase in annual mesothelioma deaths is a consequence of the effect of past exposures and the long latency period of the disease (i.e. the time between initial exposure to asbestos and the manifestation of mesothelioma) which is typically between 30 and 40 years. Read more
Twenty tradespeople die every week from asbestos related diseases as an HSE survey revealed the full extent of construction workers’ exposure to the deadly material.
The survey showed carpenters, painters and decorators could still come into contact with asbestos on average more than 100 times a year.
The survey also revealed some common myths believed by those at risk with:
One in seven believing that drinking a glass of water will help protect them from the deadly dust . One in four thinking that opening a window will help to keep them safe.
Only a third of those asked were able to identify all the correct measures for safe asbestos working while more than half made at least one potentially lethal mistake in trying to identify how to stay safe.
Figures show that twenty tradespeople on average die every week from asbestos related diseases.
The research, undertaken by Censuswide in September 2014, shows that while more than half knew that asbestos could be in old buildings built before 1970, only 15% know that it could still be found in buildings built up to the year 2000. Read more
On 30 January 2013, the Mesothelioma Bill received Royal Assent and is now known as the Mesothelioma Act 2014, seeking to provide compensation to those victims who have been exposed to asbestos dust.
The Mesothelioma Act 2014 seeks to provide compensation to those victims of mesothelioma who are unable to trace the employer who exposed them to asbestos dust, or their employer’s liability insurers.
Mesothelioma, which can take up to 50 years to present symptoms after exposure, has resulted in over 300 people a year struggling to find a relevant party to sue for damages, because companies become insolvent or insurance records go missing.
Passed in January, the Mesothelioma Act allows for the creation of a new package of support – funded by insurance firms – to pay in excess of 800 eligible people in 2014 and 300 every year after that, until 2024.
Around 3,500 victims of the aggressive cancer or their families were apply to for compensation from and receive a payment of around £123,000 as part of a £380 million package.
Work and Pensions Minister, Mike Penning has previously said the following: Read more