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 

£87,473   57 £54,349

38 

£85,772  58 £49,934

39 

£84,075 59 £45,516

40 

£82,378 60 £41,106

41 

£80,677 61 £36,687

42

£78,979 62 £32,272

43 

£78,132 63 £29,552

44 

£77,278 64 £26,833

45 

£76,432 65 £24,120

46 

£75,582 66 £21,401

47 

£74,732 67 £18,684

48 

£72,358 68 £18,131

49 

£69,981   69 £17,576
50   £67,599 70 £17,029
51   £65,224 71 £16,477
52  £62,840 72 £15,926
53 £61,144 73 £15,456 
54 £59,447 74 £14,978
55 £57,751  75 £14,519
56 £56,046 76 £14,058
    77 and over  £13,590

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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