Expanding the mesothelioma payment scheme
Implemented five years ago, the scheme currently only provides compensation for individuals with mesothelioma; this letter argues that the same help should also be extended to those living with other asbestos related diseases, such as asbestosis or pleural thickening.
John Hall, specialist asbestos solicitor at Trethowans, and the apil South of England Regional Secretary, issued a letter today calling for the mesothelioma payment scheme to include other asbestos diseases.
The letter reads as follows:
Thousands of people in industrial towns up and down the country were exposed to asbestos by their employers when they should not have been, and they are now sick or dying because of this negligence.
That is why, five years ago this month, a fund of last resort was established to compensate sufferers of one particular fatal workplace lung cancer, mesothelioma. This scheme helps the sick and dying victims receive the justice they desperately need when all other avenues are closed to them. This scheme is a step in the right direction, but hundreds more people with other asbestos diseases are left without justice.
These people have also worked their whole lives only to reach their retirement and be struck down because of asbestos. They are then blocked from a scheme designed to help because they do not have the right type of asbestos-related disease. Countless people will already have died without recompense and this cannot continue.
This Global Asbestos Awareness Week, we are calling for the scheme to be extended to help all workers suffering from all asbestos related diseases.
Are you living with an asbestos related disease? John Hall is a leading asbestos lawyer in the UK, with years of experience helping clients get the compensation they’re due. Contact John today on 023 80820526.