The first annual review of the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS) was published on 30 November 2015. Here we’ve highlighted some of the main points, including how to apply.
On 25 July 2012 the Government announced a scheme for people diagnosed with diffuse mesothelioma who are otherwise unable to claim compensation against the employers/ insurers responsible for awarding any damages for exposure to asbestos in the workplace.
The intention of the scheme is to provide an application process that is straightforward and as sensitive to the sufferer’s circumstances as possible, taking into account the aggressive nature of mesothelioma so that applications are processed in a “timely and accurate manner.”
The DMPS, which is funded by the insurance industry, was introduced in April 2014 and began making payments from July 2014, with the annual review covering its first year of operating.
Under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (Levy) Regulations 2014, employers’ liability insurers are obliged to pay costs relative to their market share. Regulations for the eligibility criteria were made under the Mesothelioma Act 2014, including what information and evidence is required to support an application, how the application should be administered and how applicants might ask for a review as well as how an applicant may appeal if they disagree with the decision made by the scheme administrator.
The first annual review has revealed the scheme received 410 applications during the financial year 2014/2015.
Ninety five per cent of applicants were male, at an average age of 72 years at the time of diagnosis. Of the claims made, 62 per cent were successful, 22 per cent were unsuccessful, 12 per cent were pending a decision and two per cent were withdrawn.
How can you make an application?
You can apply for a payment by demonstrating that you’re eligible by providing the scheme administrator (Gallagher Bassett International Ltd) with details of your circumstances. This includes the following:
- a copy of the diagnosis of diffuse mesothelioma;
- proof of employment history;
- a witness statement detailing how the exposure to asbestos occurred; and
- confirmation that they are unable make a civil claim (the results from an Employers’ Liability Tracing Office search).
An application form is available from the DMPS website, or by calling the scheme administrator on 0131 331 9090.
To ensure that a payment isn’t received twice for the same condition, any DMPS payments depend on any payments made via benefits and lump sums from the Government for mesothelioma.
Register Your Exposure to Asbestos Today
If you think that you may have been exposed to asbestos, even if you haven’t been diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease it is essential that you register this exposure as soon as possible.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have a specialist team of asbestos compensation solicitors that deal with asbestos claims on a No Win No Fee basis. For a free consultation call freephone 0800 884 0275 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.