Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment

Under certain circumstances, people suffering from the asbestos-related disease, diffuse mesothelioma, may be entitled to a one-off lump sum payment.

Eligibility

You can claim a one-off lump sum payment if:

  • you are unable to make a claim under the 1979 Pneumoconiosis Order (NI)
  • have not received payment for the disease from an employer, a civil claim or elsewhere and
  • are not entitled to compensation from a Ministry of Defence scheme

The scheme covers people whose exposure to asbestos occurred in the United Kingdom and was not as a result of their work as an employee, for example:

  • you came into contact with asbestos from a relative - for example by washing their clothes
  • you were exposed to asbestos in the environment - for example, they lived near a factory using asbestos
  • your exposure to asbestos was while self-employed
  • your exposure cannot be set but it occurred in the United Kingdom

Rates

The lump sum payment depends on the age you were when the disease was diagnosed. If the date of the diagnosis is not known, it will be based on your age at the date of making a claim.

The rates are as follows:

Age when diagnosed

Payment

Age when diagnosed

Payment

37 and under

£94,296

57

£58,587

38

£92,463

58

£53,829

39

£90,633

59

£49,066

40

£88,804

60

£44,312

41

£86,971

61

£39,550

42

£85,140

62

£34,790

43

£84,227

63

£31,859

44

£83,306

64

£28,926

45

£82,394

65

£26,001

46

£81,477

66

£23,071

47

£80,562

67

£20,142

48

£78,003

68

£19,545

49

£75,440

69

£18,946

50

£72,873

70

£18,357

51

£70,312

71

£17,761

52

£67,742

72

£17,169

53

£65,913

73

£16,662

54

£64,085

74

£16,146

55

£62,258

75

£15,652

56

£60,418

76

£15,155

77 and over

£14,651

   

There are separate rates for dependants where the sufferer has died.

Making a claim

For more information or to ask for a claim form, contact the Industrial Injuries Branch. You can also download a form.

Claims must be received within 12 months of the date of diagnosis. The aim is to pay 95 per cent of claims within six weeks of receiving the claim form.

You will be asked to send medical evidence with your claim showing that you suffer from diffuse mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos. No further medical examination will be needed.

If the sufferer has died, their dependants may be able to claim. The claim form must be received within 12 months of the date of death.

 

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