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Mesothelioma victims to receive compensation under new scheme

Newly diagnosed mesothelioma victims will now receive help through a new scheme which has been set up following negotiations between the Department for Work and Pensions, the Association of British Insurers and the UK government.

About the scheme

The government confirmed last week (25th July 2012) that insurers will fund the scheme, contributing a total of £300m. This will be available only to mesothelioma victims who are diagnosed from this point forward, enabling them to claim compensation for the disease even if their employer or employer’s liability insurer cannot be traced. It is estimated that around 3,000 people in the UK will fall under this scheme.

The scheme takes into account the urgent nature cases for mesothelioma victims, a terminal form of cancer which is normally contracted due to asbestos exposure, with the aim of dealing with claims as efficiently as possible. To support this, membership of the Employers’ Liability Tracing Office (ELTO), an electronic database of employer’s liability policies, will now become compulsory.

Linder Myers welcomes this move to assist mesothelioma victims and their families. Compulsory membership of the ELTO should also make the process of claiming compensation much quicker. At Linder Myers we have a team of investigators enabling us to trace insurers, even when the company the Claimant worked for has long since ceased trading; however this new scheme will now enable the victim to receive compensation even when insurers cannot be traced.

Although the scheme is now live, it is expected that first compensation payments for mesothelioma victims will not be made until July 2014.

Further information

You can speak to a member of our team on 0161 835 8832. Alternatively, please email a summary of your potential claim and contact details to claire.reddicen@lindermyers.co.uk

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