Financial Support for Mesothelioma Sufferers

Financial Support for Mesothelioma Sufferers

When it comes to getting financial support for Mesothelioma sufferers, there are several options. The first is to claim government benefits. These can be paid when a person becomes too sick to work due to illness or disability. The main benefits are Statutory Sick Pay, which will be paid for up to thirteen weeks after an employee becomes ill, Employment and Support Allowance, which requires a medical assessment from an independent medical assessor, or Disability Living Allowance, which is currently being changed over to Personal Independence Payments or PIP.

Another benefit is the Industrial Industry Disablement Benefit. This can be claimed for Mesothelioma and can be paid when a person was exposed to asbestos during the course of their work, however, this benefit will not be paid to people if they were exposed to asbestos while they were self-employed.

In some circumstances, a Mesothelioma patient might also be entitled to a lump sum under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme 2008 or the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme. These schemes pay lump sums to people who find that they are unable to claim from their employer or the employer’s insurance company. Claims under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme 2008 need to be made within 12 months of diagnosis; forms are available to download online.

The rates under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme 2008 will vary depending on the person’s age and when they were diagnosed, while payments under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme are yet to be determined by government.

However, it might be also be possible to claim compensation from the employer by making a legal claim. This is a complex process and under these circumstances it will be necessary to contact a solicitor that specialises in Mesothelioma as they will understand your case and they will manage it compassionately.

Making a claim will involve taking details of your case and gaining evidence to back a legal claim. The evidence will be collected will then be presented to the employer or their insurer and the former employer can deny or accept the case.

If the claim is denied, then it might be necessary to take legal action in order to claim compensation for your pain and suffering, loss of earnings, the cost of medical equipment, etc.. It is also possible for relatives that have lost someone through Mesothelioma to make a claim for compensation and this can be done through a specialist solicitor.

You can consult with a specialists Mesothelioma compensation claims solicitor such as Tylers Mesothelioma Solicitors to find out what your next steps are.

Kirton, L. 2014, Financial Support for Mesothelioma Sufferers, Lee Kirton, Bury, Manchester.


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