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Mesothelioma victims being short changed

Victims of mesothelioma will lose a quarter of their compensation under a new scheme that will be introduced by the Government later this year.
Mesothelioma is a life-limiting cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, which can take as many as 40 to 50 years to develop. Due to the length of time that can elapse between the exposure to asbestos and the development of the disease, tracing the insurance company who insured the employer at the time can be difficult. Until now, unless the employer’s insurance company could be traced, there was no way to claim compensation for mesothelioma, which left many families struggling to cope.
As a result, a new scheme has been introduced by the Government to compensate those workers who were unable to make a claim for compensation, as their employers’ insurance companies could not be traced.While this is good news for the 300 people a year who were previously unable to claim, they will lose a quarter of their compensation just because insurance records no longer exist.
Matthew Stockwell, the president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), welcomed the new scheme as a move in the right direction for individuals suffering from work-related disease, but stressed that it did not go far enough.
‘It is bad enough that victims are exposed to deadly asbestos just by turning up for work, then forced to use this scheme because insurance records are no longer around. Now they are to be penalised by losing a quarter of what the courts determine is fair redress. This is not the justice these people deserve,’ he said.
‘We will push the Government to keep going and work to ensure full justice is available to all those who need it.’
If you have been exposed to asbestos and been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us for advice on how to make a claim. Our personal injury solicitors have experience in settling claims for employees who have suffered industrial disease as a result of being exposed to asbestos in their workplace.

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