Hospice claims

Hospices provide invaluable assistance and support to those suffering with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. In addition to supporting the patient, hospices also provide guidance and support to their families.  They are usually run as independent charities or charitable trusts and receive little or no funding from the NHS or local authorities securing a large proportion of their funding from charitable donations.

How we claim for hospice costs?

Although hospice care is free to the patient, there is still a cost to the hospice in providing that care.  As specialist asbestos and mesothelioma solicitors we act for many people who are receiving hospice care due to their diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease.

When we act for someone suffering with an asbestos-related disease who has had some hospice care or support, we look to include the hospice’s costs, excluding any NHS-funded element, in the compensation claim. If the claim is successful, we can then reimburse the hospice their charitable outlay.

In successful claims, these sums are paid by the defendant held responsible for causing the asbestos exposure and for causing the mesothelioma or other asbestos-related disease.

Recovering costs incurred by the hospice in a compensation claim will not reduce or increase the compensation awarded to the mesothelioma sufferer or their family.

It is incredibly important for the mesothelioma and asbestos claims team at Boyes Turner that we can recover hospice costs for our clients to reimburse them, which enables them to continue their invaluable work meeting local community needs.

So far, the team has recovered over £30,000 for Sue Ryder, just one of the many organisations we support. The money recovered for Sue Ryder in compensation claims we have dealt with has helped Sue Ryder provide more expert palliative care for people at the end of their life.

How can the hospice help with bringing a claim?

Our team will contact the hospice directly and ask them to provide a letter or statement giving details of:

  • All admission and discharge or home care dates for the patient
  • A breakdown of the cost of care provided during each admission or home care
  • The percentage of the hospice’s funding from charitable donations

We include the cost of the hospice care within the claim for financial losses on the understanding that any sums recovered for the hospice are paid directly to the hospice at the conclusion of the case.

If the claim is successful, our team will make sure that the hospice receives payment of the sum agreed or awarded in respect of the charitable hospice costs. This does not have an impact on the compensation paid to our client as the hospice costs are added into the claim. 

The amount recovered for the hospice will be paid direct to the hospice at the conclusion of the claim.

Who pays hospice claims for mesothelioma patients?

A number of different forms of asbestos have been restricted since the 1970s, with the last being banned in 1999.

If your employer exposed you to asbestos and failed to follow regulations around the use of asbestos you could be entitled to compensation if you later develop an asbestos-related disease.

Usually it is the company’s insurers who pay the compensation due in the event of a successful claim so even if the company no longer exists, you can still make a compensation claim if we can trace the company’s former insurers.

What should you do next?

If you or a member of your family have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease then our mesothelioma and asbestos claims team are happy to discuss the possibility of bringing an asbestos compensation claim with you, without any obligation to take matters further.

There are time limits on issuing court proceedings so contact us for advice as soon as you can.

 

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