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 in respect of 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

Payment   Age    Payment

37 and under 

£81,536   57 £50,660

38 

£79,951  58 £46,546

39 

£78,369 59 £42,427

40 

£76,787 60 £38,316

41 

£75,202 61 £34,197

42

 £73,619 62 £30,081

43 

£72,829 63 £27,546

44 

£72,033 64 £25,012

45 

£71,245 65 £22,483

46 

£70,453 66 £19,949

47 

£69,660 67 £17,416

48 

£67,447 68 £16,900

49 

£65,231   69 £16,384
50   £63,011 70 £15,873
51   £60,796 71 £15,359
52  £58,575 72 £14,844
53 £56,994 73 £14,407 
54 £55,412 74 £13,962
55 £53,832  75 £13,534
56 £52,242 76 £13,104
    77 and over  £12,666

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

Making a claim

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 submit 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.

Who to contact

For further information or to request a claim form, contact the Industrial Injuries Branch:

Industrial Injuries Branch
Room 309
Castle Court
Belfast
BT1 1SD

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