Asbestos claims change is ‘not perfect’

The Disability Minister has admitted that new compensation plans to deal with
asbestos claims are “not perfect”.

The new law will hand £100,000 payouts to about 300 victims of a lethal asbestos-related cancer each year.

Mike Penning made the admission after Labour attacked Coalition plans to make insurance firms contribute to compensate victims of mesothelioma.

This is a cancer which attacks the lining of the lungs and is caused by exposure to asbestos fibres.

Under the plans, sufferers unable to get compensation from former bosses because they cannot trace them or their insurers, will win compensation via a scheme funded by a levy on present insurers.

Several victims include shipbuilders, electricians and plumbers who were exposed to asbestos when holding lagging and insulation.

Accident Advice Helpline can help you

As the damaging effects of this substance become more evident with time, so more
asbestos claims are being made.

If you have worked or lived in an environment where you were exposed to asbestos, then you may be eligible to make an asbestos compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) can help you.

AAH is a national law firm and is trusted for offering a 100% no-win, no-fee* solution with friendly, helpful staff and a 24/7 free legal advice hotline. So if you’ve suffered as a result of mesothelioma at work, check out the AAH website, which also offers an interesting blog page.

Asbestos claims victims ‘need help today’

Labour claimed that insurance firms are escaping cheaply, as the calculated size of the levy – £350 million – is tiny when compared to companies’ profits, such as Lloyds of London’s £2.7 billion made last year.

Mr Penning replied during the Mesothelioma Bill’s second reading: “Nothing is perfect, but there was nothing there before and if we were to have carried on with the way it was going, nothing would be there going forward for these people who are suffering so much.”

He added that victims need help today.

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