The Mesothelioma claims report, which studied the law in relation to compensation claims for mesothelioma, concluded that a government review of claims had not been carried out thoroughly. The review undertaken by the government, which looked at compensation claims for asbestos-related disease mesothelioma, examined whether sections 44 and 46 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 should apply to these claims. These sections already apply to other personal injury claims, and mean that successful claimants with conditional fee agreements can’t reclaim lawyer’s success fees from the other side.
The government review decided these arrangements should apply; a decision which means many claimants could be unlikely to receive net financial benefit. An agreement between insurance firms and the government means mesothelioma sufferers will receive compensation if they are unable to trace a liable insurer or employer. The backlash from MPs came when they showed concern about the government’s transparency; they had not been clear that their policy for mesothelioma claims was influenced by their agreement with insurers.
The Mesothelioma claims report highlights the high legal costs that can often apply to claims of this nature; an average of £20,000 per claim in England and Wales.
Have you suffered from mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which usually starts in the covering of the lungs. It’s quite rare, although over 2,500 people in the UK are diagnosed every year. Many cases are caused by exposure to asbestos in the workplace with more than nine out of 10 men and over eight out of 10 women with mesothelioma having been exposed to asbestos. Symptoms can include:
- Persistent cough
- Husky voice
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chest pain
- High temperature
If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible to claim compensation, although it will need to be proven that exposure to asbestos at work caused your illness.
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Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown