The Queen has officially introduced the mesothelioma bill to make it easier for asbestos-related cancer victims to claim compensation.
Around 3,500 people are currently not liable for compensation because the disease takes many years to develop, meaning the companies who exposed them may no longer exist.
Newly diagnosed mesothelioma sufferers who developed the disease after being exposed at work will be able to receive help through the support scheme.
Introducing the Mesothelioma Bill, the Queen’s Speech said: “Legislation will be introduced to ensure sufferers of a certain asbestos-related cancer receive payments where no liable employer or insurer can be traced.”
Officials estimate the victims who are not currently able to claim compensation will receive £355 million over the next 10 years. The money will come from a levy on insurers which provide employers’ liability.
Anyone diagnosed with mesothelioma after July 25 last year can make a claim.
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of internal organs and kills more than 1,800 people in the UK every year.
It is estimated that 300 people a year receive no civil compensation because their employer’s insurer cannot be traced.
Asbestos is the most common cause of the disease. Most people diagnosed with mesothelioma will have been exposed to the mineral at some point in their life.
- If you have been affected by asbestos-related illness or industrial disease, call one of PM Law’s experts at our Sheffield office on 0114 296 5444