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Gov plans support for asbestos industrial disease victims

Posted in: Asbestos Exposure Industrial Deafness and Disease Mesothelioma 

Sufferers of a deadly industrial disease in England and Wales will be the focus of work to improve the compensation claims process for them, the Government has announced.

The Government has responded to its consultation on measures to help victims of mesothelioma – a condition which often develops decades after the sufferer has been exposed to asbestos but usually kills within months of being diagnosed.

The response follows the consultation last year on improving the compensation claims process for mesothelioma victims.

Justice Minister, Lord Faulks said the Ministry of Justice would work with victims groups and insurers representing employers to explore new ways to improve the legal process for handling claims for compensation from mesothelioma sufferers or their relatives.

“This terrible condition can destroy lives in a devastatingly short time and we want to do what we can to help mesothelioma sufferers and their families, we are now working to establish the best way to get claims settled fairly and quickly.”

The Ministry of Justice announced last year that it would not be taking forward proposals for a new set of rules (called the Mesothelioma Pre Action Protocol) to control out-of-court settlements, in light of views from respondents including victims’ groups.

Other measures to support British mesothelioma sufferers, including a £350 million fund to compensate those who cannot trace the liable employer, are already being put in place by insurers and the Department for Work and Pensions through the Mesothelioma Act.

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