Queen unveils new Asbestos-related mesothelioma compensation scheme

 May 13, 2013

The Queens Speech last week unveiled a new scheme purporting to help those suffering from asbestos-related mesothelioma. The scheme, outlined in The Mesothelioma Bill, will be available to those victims who have been unable to trace their previous employers or insurers who would have been liable to pay compensation out to them. Asbestos-related mesothelioma victims occasionally have difficulty in tracing the person or organisation that is responsible for exposing them to the deadly asbestos fibres, or employers' liability insurers due to the fact that the symptoms of this disease typically present themselves 30 to 40 years after the initial exposure. Furthermore, employers Liability Insurance only became compulsory in 1969. The terms of the new scheme have been highly criticised, owing to the fact that it is severely restrictive in its content. Sufferers will only receive a flat rate pay-out, expected to equate to approximately 70% of the average compensation pay-out currently made by insurers to such victims and it is thought to only be available to those mesothelioma sufferers who were diagnosed after July 25th July 2012.

Another omission of the scheme is that it is only available to those who have specifically contracted asbestos related mesothelioma and no other asbestos related conditions such as lung cancer and asbestosis.

If you have developed an asbestos related illness, and believe that it has been caused by exposure to asbestos fibres during your working life, Carrs Solicitors are happy to have a chat with you about whether you are entitled to make a compensation claim.

At Carrs Solicitors, you will always have a senior solicitor who will personally handle every aspect of your personal injury claim and who will always be available to answer your questions. We are ready to listen and to offer free impartial advice in strict confidence.

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