There has been a lot of recent media coverage about asbestos claims – specifically relating to a Government review into how mesothelioma claims are dealt with.
This mostly relates to deductions being made from individual’s much needed compensation. It was planned that some elements of the legal costs of pursuing the claim in the first place should also come out of the final settlement, but this has now thankfully been shelved.
We agree with this decision which means that the responsible employer’s insurance company has to pay all of the costs incurred in order to pursue the mesothelioma claim in the first place. We hope that the Government will now do the decent thing and abandon plans to take some of the legal costs out of compensation payments – money which is both much needed and deserved.
If you have the terrible misfortune of being diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of someone else’s neglect, you are entitled to be compensated. What’s more, even if the company you worked for when you were exposed to asbestos is no longer in business, and even if their insurance company cannot be located, if you were diagnosed after 25th July 2012, you will receive compensation. This is the main benefit of the Mesothelioma Act 2014.
If you were diagnosed before then, the likelihood is you or your family will have claimed already – if not, we can still help.
The Government made a welcome announcement in April that payments for these types of claims would be increased to in excess of £100k in most cases under the Mesothelioma Act.
Of course, many will suffer from asbestos related diseases other than mesothelioma. Claims for illnesses including pleural thickening, folded lung, asbestosis and lung cancer can still very much be pursued and have not been affected by recent legal changes.
The bottom line is simple – if you think you are suffering from any asbestos related health problems it is important to seek legal advice at the very earliest opportunity. The chances are you will be entitled to compensation and no-one deserves it more.
If you, or a family member, are experiencing the symptoms of asbestos exposure, please contact our team of occupational disease experts for an informal chat about how we can help.Find out more about our Occupational Disease department