Until this week, people suffering with asbestos-related cancers, namely Mesothelioma, applying for a payment through the Government’s Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme would only receive 80% of the average amount that would be received in compensation if making a civil claim against their former employers.

New rules mean that people diagnosed with Mesothelioma on or after the 10th February 2015 who are pursing their claim through the Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme, will receive 100%, the same amount they would receive under an average civil claim. This increase in compensation will mean up to an extra £54,000 being awarded to sufferers. The enhanced costs of the Scheme will be met by a levy on the insurance industry.

The Government Scheme offers set compensation levels for suffers on a sliding scale based on age. The younger a person is when they are diagnosed with mesothelioma the higher the figure they are awarded.

Whilst the majority of Mesothelioma sufferers are able to bring successful claims against their previous employers or their employers liability insurers, the Government’s Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme was set up to provide compensation for sufferers who were not able to locate their previous employers or their insurers.

Since the Scheme began some 10 months ago it has paid out over £19 million in compensation to Mesothelioma sufferers.

The majority of mesothelioma cases dealt with by WE solicitors fall outside of the scheme as we are able to trace previous employers or their insurers. However, we have also dealt with a number of successful applications under the scheme since it’s inception.

If you or someone you know is diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos related condition, please contact us on 0800 294 3065 to discuss how we can help support and advise you.