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

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, you can claim a one-off lump sum payment.

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 specified 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 

£90,097   57 £55,979

38 

£88,345  58 £51,432

39 

£86,597 59 £46,881

40 

£84,849 60 £42,339

41 

£83,097 61 £37,788

42

£81,348 62 £33,240

43 

£80,476 63 £30,439

44 

£79,596 64 £27,638

45 

£78,725 65 £24,844

46 

£77,849 66 £22,043

47 

£76,974 67 £19,245

48 

£74,529 68 £18,675

49 

£72,080   69 £18,103
50   £69,627 70 £17,540
51   £67,181 71 £16,971
52  £64,725 72 £16,404
53 £62,978 73 £15,920 
54 £61,230 74 £15,427
55 £59,484  75 £14,955
56 £57,727 76 £14,480
    77 and over  £13,988

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

Making a claim

For further information or to request 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 required.

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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