17 March 2009
Young father secures compensation after mesothelioma diagnosis
A young father has secured a payout after being diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma.
According to the local authority, he was awarded the money through the new Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act, the BBC reports.
Welfare officers from the council are said to be working with other victims of the disease - which is a cancer of the lining of the lungs or abdomen - across the county to help them receive compensation too.
Introduced by Peter Hain and Lord McKenzie of Luton, the new legislation extends compensation to all people who suffer from diffuse mesothelioma, including those who were in self-employment and those who were exposed to asbestos from a partner's clothing or from the environment in which they lived.
The amount that sufferers receive varies depending on the details of their individual case.
However, the minimum people get is £8,197, while the maximum stands at £52,772.
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