Whilst in the UK mesothelioma sufferers have access to various government compensation schemes, people in Jersey are left in the dark. Luckily, here in the UK, there are a number of ways you can claim for mesothelioma compensation if you are diagnosed with the incurable asbestos related cancer. For example, you can:
Make a civil asbestos compensation claim
- If you were exposed to asbestos through work and the company and/or insurers can be traced, you can make a civil asbestos compensation claim. Here at Asbestos Justice we are experts in pursuing these claims.
- If you were exposed to asbestos through secondary exposure, e.g. from a partner’s work clothes, and the company is still active, a civil asbestos compensation claim can be made.
Claim through the 1979 Pneumoconiosis (Workers’ etc) Act (PWCA)
- A payment of asbestos compensation under the PWCA can be made to someone who was exposed to asbestos at work, in circumstances where a civil asbestos compensation claim cannot be made. In order to be eligible for a PWCA lump sum payment you need to be in receipt of Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) and you must claim through the PWCA within 12 months of your application for IIDB.
Pursue the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme
- If you cannot make a claim through the PWCA and cannot make a civil asbestos compensation claim you may be eligible for a payment of mesothelioma compensation under the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme. This can be claimed by people who have suffered secondary exposure to asbestos, environment exposure to asbestos, exposure to asbestos whilst self-employed or exposure to asbestos that happened in the UK but cannot be specified.
Claim through the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS)
- If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma after 25th July 2012, your exposure to asbestos happened whilst working in the UK and you cannot make a civil mesothelioma compensation claim, you can claim for mesothelioma compensation through the DMPS.
Apply for a War Disablement Pension
- If you were exposed to asbestos whilst serving in the Armed Forces before 6th April 2005 you cannot make a civil asbestos compensation claim but you may be eligible for a War Disablement Pension. Veterans UK can assist with applications and can be contacted on 0808 1914 2 18.
- Lump sum payments of mesothelioma compensation can also be paid under a specialist scheme where a person has developed mesothelioma after suffering exposure during the course of their period of service. Veterans UK can assist with applications and can be contacted on 0808 1914 2 18.
The above are open to people exposed to asbestos in the UK. However, in Jersey, there are no such provisions for mesothelioma sufferers.
The campaign in Jersey
Mesothelioma is thought to kill three people a year in Jersey but there is no access to any governmental compensation schemes. The daughter of a man who lives on Jersey and has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, is hoping to change this.
Melissa Vismer’s 64 year old father has rapidly deteriorated since receiving news of his mesothelioma diagnosis and is sadly no longer able to walk or feed himself. His family have launched a petition to call upon Jersey’s government to make provisions for mesothelioma sufferers. The petition has now received more than 1,000 signatures and so will have to receive a response from Ministers in Jersey.
Although any action taken will be too late for Melissa’s father, the family hope that they can put pressure on the government to put something in place for people diagnosed with mesothelioma in the future.
How can we help?
If you require assistance in pursuing an asbestos claim for mesothelioma or any other asbestos disease then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.