The Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme: Changes to tariff rules

17 Feb 2015

What this means for Asbestos Victims

Diffuse mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of internal organs, such as the lungs, and almost always arises from exposure to asbestos. Life expectancy from diagnosis is an average of 8 to 9 months.

Diffuse mesothelioma takes a long time to develop – typically 15 to 40 years.

The Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme, funded by a levy on insurers, compensates individuals unable to trace the employers who exposed them to asbestos, and/or their employers’ liability insurers, with a one-off lump sum payment, subject to the age of the individual. The older a person is at diagnosis, the smaller the lump sum.

Changes to tariff rules introduced on 10 February 2015 mean that payments from the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme will rise to 100% of average civil claims, from the current 80%, but only for those individuals diagnosed after 10 February 2015.

We believe strongly that the artificial time bar should be removed so that all mesothelioma victims are compensated in full, irrespective of when they are diagnosed with this terrible terminal illness. Because life expectancy from diagnosis is 8 to 9 months on average, action is needed immediately.