Parliament has decided against proposed amendments to the Mesothelioma Bill that would have seen victims of this asbestos-related disease receive compensation in full, and not only those diagnosed on or after 25 July 2012.
Commenting on the Mesothelioma Bill amendments rejected by Parliament, Ian McFall, head of the National Asbestos Litigation Team at Thompsons Solicitors, said:
“There was cross party support for amendments which would have significantly improved the Bill for mesothelioma victims. The vast majority of Conservatives and Lib Dems voted down those amendments, such as increasing average compensation from 75% to 80%, and in doing so sided with the £ multi-million insurance industry rather than dying people.
“The government did a deal behind closed doors with the insurers who are huge funders of the Conservative Party and then refused to budge an inch on that deal. It begs the question whether Parliament or big business decides the terms of government policy?”
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There are strict time limits applied to making a claim – usually three years from the date of diagnosis. It doesn’t matter if the exposure to asbestos took place – as it often does – decades ago, the three year time limit applies to the date of knowledge of diagnosis or date of death.
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