Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
If you have mesothelioma and believe the disease was caused by your employment then you are entitled to apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, a weekly payment from the government.
Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers Compensation) Act 1979
A lump sum payment under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers Compensation) Act 1979 can also be made where the mesothelioma was caused by employment, provided that no compensation from a civil claim in respect of the disease has already been received. The award is generally made where the employer has ceased trading.
Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme (2008)
If you have mesothelioma, and were exposed to asbestos in the UK, but are not entitled to a payment under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers Compensation) Act 1979 (because the asbestos exposure did not occur during employment) an application can be made for a payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme 2008.
Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (2014)
This scheme was introduced in 2014 to compensate those who were unable to trace their employers’ liability insurers. Those who have diffuse mesothelioma may be eligible for a payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme 2014 providing:
- They were diagnosed with mesothelioma on or after 25 July 2012
- The diffuse mesothelioma was caused by negligent exposure to asbestos during employment
- They are unable to trace all the employers who exposed them to asbestos
- They are unable to trace the relevant employers’ liability insurers
The Scheme pays out 80% of the average amount awarded in civil claims to those diagnosed with mesothelioma on or after 25 July 2012 until 9 February 2015 and that 100% of the average amount awarded in civil claims for those diagnosed on or after 10 February 2015.
How do I apply for these benefits?
We can assist you in the process of applying for benefits. Please contact us at IDClaims@boyesturner.com or call 0800 884 0718 for assistance.
If you have been diagnosed as suffering from malignant mesothelioma we can help.
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