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Home > News > Government announces Insurance Fund of Last Resort for mesothelioma victims

25th July 2012

Government announces insurance fund of last resort for mesothelioma victims

A support scheme for mesothelioma sufferers and their families has been announced today. The Department for Work and Pensions has responded to a consultation about establishing an Employers' Liability Insurance Bureau to provide compensation for injured workers when all efforts to trace their employer’s insurer have failed. However, the scheme will only be open to victims of mesothelioma who are diagnosed from today, 25th July 2012.

Thompsons Solicitors, who have been campaigning alongside Trade Unions and Asbestos Victims Support Groups, for an Employers' Liability Insurance Bureau, regard the announcement as a missed opportunity.

Although welcoming the additional support for some mesothelioma sufferers, Thompsons criticised the scheme for failing to compensate all workers injured through their employers negligence when the insurer cannot be traced. Many mesothelioma victims will also be left unprotected because they were diagnosed before the announcement was made.

The scheme will not protect sufferers of other types of asbestos-related illness or other latent industrial diseases such as bladder cancer, which can be life-threatening and take many years to develop.

Who will be eligible for compensation from the scheme?

Whilst full details of the scheme are yet to be published, the aim is to provide compensation for victims of mesothelioma who have developed this fatal disease through exposure to asbestos at work, but whose employer has gone out of business and their insurance company cannot be traced.

Anyone diagnosed with mesothelioma on or after 25 July 2012, will be eligible, but those diagnosed prior to that date will not. Sufferers of asbestos-related lung cancer, pleural thickening and asbestosis, which are disabling conditions and can be fatal, are also excluded from the scheme

Tom Jones, partner at Thompson Solicitors, said: "While we welcome any initiative to provide compensation for mesothelioma sufferers who cannot trace the liability insurers of their former employers, the government's announcement is a sop to the insurance industry.

"By limiting the scheme to mesothelioma, 50% of asbestos victims - those with asbestosis, pleural thickening and asbestos-related lung cancer - will remain uncompensated.

"The government's friends in the insurance industry are once again reaping the rewards of their donations to the Tory party while innocent victims are short-changed."

Making a claim for mesothelioma compensation

Clear Answers' lawyers have won important decisions in the highest courts in the UK for asbestos victims and have a proven commitment to fighting for their rights.

We have a dedicated team of lawyers specialising in asbestos-related injuries who are able to provide expert legal advice in what can be very complicated personal injury claims. These claims demand urgent attention and require specialist knowledge. Our asbestos compensation lawyers have huge experience of asbestos-related disease claims and will be happy to answer any questions you may have in plain English.

Our specialist team has access to leading medical experts and other types of expert witnesses to help investigate and pursue your claim, including the resources to help trace employers and their insurers even decades after you were negligently exposed. In the event that this proves impossible, the fund of last resort will now be available for you to apply.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as soon as possible..

Please seek expert legal advice as soon as you think you may have a valid claim for compensation as strict time limits apply for making a personal injury compensation claim.

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