Asbestos and mesothelioma claims

Benefits and payments for mesothelioma and other asbestos disease

There are various benefits and payments available to those who suffer from mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases. Our specialist advisers talk you through what you may be entitled to.

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Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB)

This is a weekly benefit which is paid to those who worked with asbestos after 4th July 1948 and developed mesothelioma as a result.This weekly benefit is paid to those who have developed lung cancer. have asbestosis or diffuse pleural thickening, so long as you have had exposure to asbestos in the workplace for many years.

Pneumoconiosis Etc. (Workers Compensation) Act 1979

This is a one-off lump sum payment made to mesothelioma sufferers or their dependents where the mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis or pleural thickening was caused by employment. This payment is only available if court action has not begun, there has been an award of IIDB, and the employer stopped trading or the sufferer's employment with them was more than 20 years ago.

If this payment is awarded and the claim goes on to be successful, this amount will be deducted from the compensation payment and paid back to the Government.

The Diffuse Mesothelioma 2018 Scheme

This Scheme pays a lump sum of compensation to mesothelioma sufferers who are not eligible to receive a payment under the 1979 Act Scheme above.

To receive this payment the exposure to asbestos dust needs to have happened in the UK and the sufferer must not have received compensation from elsewhere. The scheme works in a similar way to the 1979 Act Scheme.

The Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme (DMPS)

This scheme pays a lump sum payment if you were diagnosed with mesothelioma on or after 25 July 2012 and can't find the employer responsible for your contact with asbestos, or their insurer.

Again to receive this payment, the exposure to asbestos dust needs to have happened in the UK and the sufferer must not have received compensation from elsewhere.

Constant Attendance Allowance (CAA)

This is a weekly benefit you can claim if the effects of your asbestos related illness means that you need daily care and attention for most of the time due to your disability.

Exceptionally Severe Disablement Benefit (ESDB)

This is a weekly payment which you will be awarded if you have an asbestos related illness and qualify for the exceptional rate CAA.

Attendance Allowance (AA)

This is a weekly benefit which you can receive if you're aged 65 or older and have an asbestos related illness and a disability which is severe enough for you to have care needs. If you receive AA, you may also be eligible for extra pension credit, housing benefit or council tax reduction.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

This is a monthly benefit which you may be eligible for if you're aged between 16 and 64 and have a disability which has caused you difficulties with daily living or getting around.

Carer's Allowance (CA)

CA is a weekly benefit which you may be eligible for if you care for someone for at least 25 hours per week. You don't have to be related to or live with the person you care for and you won't be paid an additional payment if you care for more than one person.

Blue Badge for parking

If your mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis or pleural thickening has left you with limited mobility, it may be possible that your local council will consider you eligible for a Blue Badge which enables you to use disabled parking spaces and to park on some yellow lines. You can find out how to apply to your local council on the Government's website.

What should I do if I think I have an asbestos related illness?

Contact us today. We have a team of experts who have specialised in asbestos related illness for many years and understand the complexities which can be faced. We have a strong reputation when it comes finding insurers of companies which have been out of business for many years and securing the best possible outcome to your case.

We offer No Win No Fee agreements to all clients who have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease and will not charge any additional fees meaning you'll get to keep 100% of your compensation.

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Case studies

Former machine operator awarded £175,000 for mesothelioma diagnosis

A former machine operator exposed to asbestos while working with laggers in the 1960s-80s was awarded six-figure compensation.

Navy serviceman wins claim for asbestos disease

An enlisted Navy serviceman exposed to asbestos on duty successfully pursued legal action following a diagnosis of an asbestos-related lung disease.

Former draughtsman awarded £385,000 for mesothelioma claim

An ex-draughtsman exposed to asbestos at work in the 1960s was awarded six-figure in compensation.