Asbestos compensation approach criticised

MPs have criticised the Government’s approach to compensation for asbestos sufferers.

The Justice Select Committee claims the coalition’s approach has been “unsatisfactory” for a number of years.

It is therefore calling for fresh consultation in an effort to help sufferers and their families deal with extra costs.


Mesothelioma is a cancer of the pleural lining of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos.

Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type, which develops in the tissue covering the lungs, while peritoneal mesothelioma, which develops in the lining of the abdomen, is the other most common type.

There were over 2,200 deaths from mesothelioma in 2011 and the number of cases is expected to continue increasing before peaking towards the end of the decade.

In the recent report, the Justice Select Committee expressed surprise that the Government had concluded a heads of agreement with the insurance industry without disclosing details to other relevant parties.

The Asbestos Victims’ Support Groups Forum UK, meanwhile, has complained that cancer sufferers face being charged up to 25% of their awarded damages to pay for their legal costs as well as legal insurance premiums because of new legal provisions.

Claiming for asbestos exposure

If you’ve been exposed to asbestos in the past, you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation.

You really need to visit your doctor as soon as possible for a check-up, especially if you’ve recently developed a cough.

Accident Advice Helpline can guide you through the process of making a claim for asbestos exposure. If you have mentioned the dangers of working with asbestos to your previous employer, this will certainly help your case. To discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

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