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mesothelioma compensation government

mesothelioma compensation government

Overview

You may be able to get a payment if you’ve been diagnosed with the asbestos-related disease, diffuse mesothelioma.

There are 2 types of payment you can claim for:

You can claim DMPS if you cannot find the employer responsible for your contact with asbestos, or their insurer.

What you’ll get The 2008 scheme

You’ll get one payment.

The amount you’ll get depends on how old you were when your disease was diagnosed. For example, if you were 60 when your disease was diagnosed, and you qualify, you’ll get a payment of £44,312.

Rates

Age when diagnosedPayment
37 and under£94,296
38£92,463
39£90,633
40£88,804
41£86,971
42£85,140
43£84,227
44£83,306
45£82,394
46£81,477
47£80,562
48£78,003
49£75,440
50£72,873
51£70,312
52£67,742
53£65,913
54£64,085
55£62,258
56£60,418
57£58,587
58£53,829
59£49,066
60£44,312
61£39,550
62£34,790
63£31,859
64£28,926
65£26,001
66£23,071
67£20,142
68£19,545
69£18,946
70£18,357
71£17,761
72£17,169
73£16,662
74£16,146
75£15,652
76£15,155
77 and over£14,651

Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS)

Your payment will depend on the details of your claim. Read about payment amounts on the DMPS website.

Eligibility

The 2008 scheme

You can claim a one-off payment if you:

  • are not entitled to a payment under the 1979 Pneumoconiosis Act
  • have not been given a payment for the disease from an employer, a civil claim or elsewhere
  • are not entitled to compensation from a Ministry of Defense scheme

You must have been exposed to asbestos in the United Kingdom.

Examples of exposure include:

  • you came into contact with asbestos from a relative, for instance by washing their clothes
  • This will exposed to asbestos in the environment, for instance you lived near a factory using asbestos
  • you were exposed to asbestos while self-employed
  • your exposure cannot be specified but it occurred in the United Kingdom

You must claim within 12 months of diagnosis.

Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS)

You may be able to claim if all of the following apply:

  • you were diagnosed with diffuse mesothelioma on or after 25 July 2012
  • your mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos when working in the UK
  • you cannot trace the employer that exposed you to asbestos, or their insurers
  • If you have not made a civil claim against any employer or insurer
  • If you have not received damages or a specified payment for mesothelioma and you’re not eligible to a specified payment

This will may also be able to claim if you were the dependant of a sufferer who has died.

You can claim for DMPS even if you have already claimed from the 2008 scheme or under the 1979 Pneumoconiosis Act. If you’ve already got a payment from the 2008 scheme or the Pneumoconiosis Act, it will be deducted from the amount you get from DMPS.

You may still be able to claim from the 2008 scheme even if you are unsuccessful in your DMPS claim.

Claims through the DMPS scheme must be made within 3 years of diagnosis.

Payments for dependents

The 2008 scheme

You may be able to claim if you were the dependant of a sufferer who has died. You must claim within 12 months of their death.

Contact Barrow Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) Centre to find out if you’re eligible.

Barrow IIDB Centre
Telephone: 0800 121 8379
Textphone: 0800 169 0314
Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 121 8379
Video relay service for British Sign Language (BSL) users – check you can use this service
Find out about call charges

Rates

If you qualify, you’ll get one payment. The amount will depend on how old the person with mesothelioma was when they died. For example, if they were 60 when they died, and you qualify, you’ll get a payment of £19,182.

Age of deathPayment
37 and under£49,073
38£48,018
39£46,965
40£45,913
41£44,860
42£43,808
43£42,800
44£41,784
45£40,783
46£39,777
47£38,772
48£37,536
49£36,297
50£35,063
51£33,831
52£32,596
53£31,583
54£30,580
55£29,573
56£28,559
57£27,555
58£24,768
59£21,971
60£19,182
61£16,389
62£13,593
63£12,795
64£12,003
65£11,191
66£10,392
67 and over£8,124

How to claim

The 2008 scheme

Fill in a mesothelioma payment claim form and provide medical evidence.

Contact Barrow Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) Centre if you cannot print out a form and you need one sent to you.

Barrow IIDB Centre
Telephone: 0800 121 8379
Textphone: 0800 169 0314
Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 121 8379
Video relay service for British Sign Language (BSL) users – check you can use this service
Find out about call charges

Barrow Benefit Centre
Post Handling Site B
Wolverhampton
WV99 1RX

Alternative formats

Contact the Barrow IIDB Centre to ask for alternative formats, such as braille, large print or audio CD.

You must claim within 12 months of diagnosis. If you’re a dependant claiming for a sufferer who is now deceased, you must claim within 12 months from the date of their death.

Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS)

You can apply online at the DMPS website.

You’ll need:

  • your National Insurance number
  • your full employment history, with evidence – for example, P60s
  • evidence of unsuccessful attempts to trace your employer or insurers
  • the date of your diagnosis
  • evidence of diagnosis
  • details of any previous claims
  • a witness statement

Contact TopMark for more information on the DMPS and how to apply.

TopMark
dmps@topmarkcms.com
Telephone: 0330 058 3930
Find out about call charges

TopMark Claims Management
160 Bath Street
Glasgow

If you disagree with a decision

You can challenge a decision about your claim. This is called asking for a mandatory review.

If you’re unhappy with the outcome of the mandatory review, you can appeal to to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal. The tribunal is impartial and independent of government.

Appeal to the tribunal within one month of getting the mandatory review decision. If you submit your appeal after a month you’ll have to explain why you did not do it earlier.

Download and fill in form SSCS6a and send it to the address on the form.

You’ll need to choose whether you want to go to the tribunal hearing to explain your case. If you do not attend, your appeal will be decided on your appeal form and any supporting evidence.

After you submit your appeal, you can provide evidence. Your appeal and the evidence will be discussed at a hearing by a judge and one or two experts. The judge will then make a decision.

It usually takes around 6 months for your appeal to be heard by the tribunal.

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