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Regional letter - mesothelioma payment scheme must be extended for all asbestos related diseases

03 Apr 2019
APIL news

Sir,

 

Thousands of people in industrial towns up and down the country were exposed to asbestos by their employers when they should not have been, and they are now sick or dying because of this negligence.

 

That is why, five years ago this month, a fund of last resort was established to compensate sufferers of one particular fatal workplace lung cancer, mesothelioma. This scheme helps the sick and dying victims receive the justice they desperately need when all other avenues are closed to them. This scheme is a step in the right direction, but hundreds more people with other asbestos diseases are left without justice.

 

These people have also worked their whole lives only to reach their retirement and be struck down because of asbestos. They are then blocked from a scheme designed to help because they do not have the right type of asbestos-related disease. Countless people will already have died without recompense and this cannot continue.

 

This Global Asbestos Awareness Week, we are calling for the scheme to be extended to help all workers suffering from all asbestos related diseases.

 

Brett Dixon

President

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

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Regional letter - Psychiatric harm , 19 Dec 2018
Glasgow bin lorry tragedy , 28 Nov 2018
Regional letter campaign - Cycling consultation and Road Safety Week, 19 Nov 2018
RE: NHS bill for compensation reaches £100m in 24 hours - The Times (15 October), 15 Oct 2018
Regional letter campaign - cold calls for personal injury must be banned, 25 Sep 2018
RE: Letter to the editor - What a nuisance - Daily Mail (29 August), 29 Aug 2018
RE: Good sense at a premium as insurance profits soar -Yorkshire Post (25 August), 28 Aug 2018
Regional letter campaign - injury claims are not to blame for rising premiums, 14 May 2018

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