Asbestos is classified as category 1 cancer causing substance. Around 5,000 deaths occur every year due to asbestos exposure in the UK. In order to help victims of asbestos related-disease, the government passed the Mesothelioma Act in 2014.
Here we will take a look at some of the important provisions of the act, and also what you should do to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure.
Highlights of the Mesothelioma Act 2014
The Mesothelioma Act was passed in January 2014 to support patients suffering from asbestos related diseases. The act proposed to help more than 800 eligible individuals that year, and 300 additional victims thereafter until the year 2024.
Mesothelioma is a type of lung cancer that arises due to asbestos exposure. The disease is fatal with no known cure. It takes a long time for the disease to develop, sometimes as much as 50 years after the first exposure.
Mesothelioma Act intends to provide compensation to workers who were exposed to asbestos at the workplace, but the employers are no longer traceable. Applications can be made directly by the applicant. There is no need to get the help of a solicitor to obtain the payment.
Under the provisions of the contract, the government will provide around 80 percent of the civil damages with a limit of about £123,000. On top of that, the scheme also intends to pay around £7,000 in legal fees. The amount will be paid directly to the applicant instead of the legal attorney.
Any previous amount that is received from the government will be deducted when computing the final compensation payment.
Are there Any Other Legislations for Asbestos Exposure Victims?
Apart from the Mesothelioma Act, victims of occupational asbestos exposure whose employers can’t be traced can also get compensation from two other payment schemes that include the following.
- Workers’ Compensation Act 1979 provides compensation to individuals who suffer from dust related diseases including Mesothelioma. The payments on average amount to £18,000.
- Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 also provides compensation to mesothelioma sufferers amounting to about £20,000 on average.
Commercial and residential property owners are legally required to take steps to prevent asbestos exposure. Employers are particularly required to take actions to avoid occupational asbestos exposure. In order to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure, it’s important to contact licensed asbestos removal contractors for asbestos survey and asbestos analysis.