The Government, led by the Prime Minister, David Cameron is facing mounting pressure to close a legal loophole which is likely to adversely affect up to 60 military veterans from claiming a lump sum of mesothelioma compensation.
Mesothelioma is a terminal asbestos related cancer, which is caused when a person has previously been exposed to asbestos dust in the past.
The pressure to help mesothelioma suffers has come from a number of different groups, including senior military personnel, medical professionals and various politicians. The uproar has been caused by a recent change in the law enacted at the end of 2015. This enabled those suffering with mesothelioma as a result of their exposure to asbestos during their service, to take a one off lump sum payment as opposed to receiving War Disablement Pension. These changes however, do not currently assist those who have unfortunately been diagnosed with mesothelioma before December of 2015.
As reported in The Independent, a letter urging action has been signed by a number of prominent figures, including the former Chief of Naval Staff. The letter implores the Prime Minister to make sure all veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma are treated the same, irrespective of when they received notification of their devastating diagnosis of asbestos related mesothelioma.
It seems to leave a sour note that those who have served their Queen and country are unable to claim for asbestos disease compensation in the same manner as a civilian.
Unfortunately, many other veterans who have fallen foul of other asbestos related diseases, such as pleural thickening, asbestosis, asbestos related lung cancer and pleural plaques causing a restriction on lung function are unable to claim asbestos disease compensation in the same manner as civilians.
Other than this anomaly, following continuous pressure, the Government has finally now brought measures into effect to assist veterans suffering with mesothelioma. As of the 16th December 2015 those who are diagnosed with mesothelioma and have been exposed to asbestos during service before 1987, now have a choice of receiving either a War Disablement Pension, or a £140,000 lump sum payment, regardless of their age. Whilst this progress is welcomed, Asbestos Justice feel strongly that more can be done to achieve parity between ex-service personnel sufferers and civilians in their pursuit of mesothelioma compensation and recompense for other asbestos diseases.
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