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Asbestos Victims Can Still Recover Damages Where Insurers Cannot Be Traced

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Asbestos victims can still recover damages where insurers cannot be traced, says Mark Ellis, a Partner of our North East firm.

Victims of the fatal asbestos induced cancer, mesothelioma,  who are unable to trace their employers or an employers liability insurer, are now able to apply for compensation packages worth on average £123,000 under the government legislation known as the...

“Diffuse Mesothelioma Payments Scheme”

This means that thousands of victims of the aggressive cancer, mesothelioma can now  apply for compensation when previously, if an employer or an employers liability insurer could not be traced, they would not have been  able to recover any compensation for their injuries.

Symptoms of mesothelioma  can take anything up to 40-50 years to present following  exposure to asbestos, and as a  result  hundreds of people every year struggle to locate  a relevant party to sue for damages because their former employers have become insolvent and/or insurance records have gone missing.

This has created years of injustice for mesothelioma victims and their families who have had to endure this terrible disease with little hope of recovering any compensation from the insurance industry. 

The new scheme allows victims  to recover damages when they would not have previously been able to do so if the employers and/or the insurance company  were not traceable and/or had no assets from which to  settle any damages.   The scheme also makes provision for payment of legal costs which means that in most cases recovery of damages and costs will result in families receiving all the compensation they deserve.

I have successfully made applications for individuals who suffer from mesothelioma and where the employers that caused their injury either no longer exist, have no assets or the and insurers cannot be traced. This has resulted in clients of Tilly Bailey & Irvine  receiving payments in excess of £100,000 . This has meant those suffering  from mesothelioma and their families have compensation which can assist in the most difficult of times.


 I've Had More Than 30+ years Experience Dealing With Industrial Disease Claims  Including Mesothelioma, Asbestosis And Pleural Thickening Cases

If you have any queries regarding mesothelioma and/or claiming damages for any asbestos related injury please don't hesitate to contact me .