Two different schemes compensate those who have been diagnosed with the asbestos related disease if your exposure happened while you were living in the United Kingdom.
DIFFUSE MESOTHELIOMA PAYMENT SCHEME: There are two types of payment you can claim for.
One is the diffuse mesothelioma payments (the '2008 scheme') and the other type is called Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS).
Diffuse malignant mesothelioma is defined as a form of cancer which devastates the linings of the vital organs and other sensitive regions throughout the body.
The term 'diffuse' relates to the way that the disease spreads-out 'sheets' of cancerous and malignant cells.
Note: Claiming DMPS is for those who cannot find the employer responsible for your contact with asbestos, or their insurer.
The amount of compensation you can get depends on whether you qualify and what age you were when your disease was diagnosed.
For example, the compensation table for Mesothelioma victims below shows the payment rates from age 37 and under up to age 77 and over.
As a rule, if you qualify and were 50 when your disease was diagnosed you would receive a payment of £66,136.
|Age when diagnosed||Payment Amount|
|37 and under||£85,580|
|77 and over||£13,295|
Your claim and payment for the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme depend on the particular details of your case so the best advice is to check the DMPS official website.
You can claim a one-off payment through the 2008 scheme if you:
The reason for your exposure to asbestos must have happened in the United Kingdom and perhaps because:
Note: If you are eligible to claim it must be initiated within 12 months of the disease diagnosis.
If you were the dependant of a sufferer who has since died, you may be able to claim compensation but it must be within 12 months of their death. Contact Barrow Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Centre for further information (see below).
To claim through the Mesothelioma payment scheme all of the following must apply:
If you were the dependant of a sufferer who has since died, you can still claim for DMPS even if you have already claimed from the 2008 scheme or under the 1979 Pneumoconiosis Act. Payments received from the 2008 scheme or the Pneumoconiosis Act will be deducted from the amount you get from Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme.
If you are unsuccessful with your DMPS claim you might still be able to claim from the 2008 scheme.
Before you claim for the 2008 scheme you should fill in the mesothelioma payment claim form (and other lung diseases) and provide medical evidence as required. Contact Barrow Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Centre if you need further help filling in the form.
Barrow Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Centre
Post Handling Site B, Wolverhampton, WV99 1RX
Telephone: 0345 603 1358
Textphone: 0345 608 8551
There are time limits for claiming and you must make your claim within 12 months of the diagnosis. Claims must be made within 12 months from the date of a person who died if you are a dependant claiming for a sufferer who is now deceased.
You can apply online for the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS). Contact Gallagher Basset for more information on the DMPS and how to apply but you will need:
PO Box 17405, Edinburgh, EH12 1FX (Telephone: 0131 331 9090)
Find out about call charges.
Humphreys & Co: UK Legal Work, London [Telephone: +44 (0)117 929 2662]
Asbestos Justice: Douglas House, 117 Foregate Street, Chester, Cheshire [Telephone: 0333 253 8580]
Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme Regulations; UK Rules Updated 2017