New payout scheme for cancer sufferers

John Healey, MP
John Healey, MP

A payment scheme to compensate sufferers of mesothelioma - a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos - is now open.

A compensation scheme was set up by the Mesothelioma Act 2014 to help those unable to trace their employer or employer’s insurer.

It was introduced following pressure from Dearne MP John Healey and the minister for disabled people, Mike Penning MP, has now confirmed the payment scheme is operational.

Eligible applicants will receive an average payment of £123,000, before benefit recovery, and £7,000 towards legal costs.

Mr Healey said: “I’ve heard mesothelioma described by a widow in South Yorkshire as watching her husband ‘die a little but more each day’. It is high time for almost 6,000 mesothelioma sufferers who have been exposed to asbestos to receive justice.”

The Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme will compensate people with diffuse mesothelioma who were exposed to asbestos either negligently or in breach of statutory duty by their employers, and who are unable to bring a claim for compensation against the employer or their insurer.

The scheme can also compensate family members.

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