An opportunity to discuss ways to speed up mesothelioma cases has been welcomed by claimant lawyers.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) launched its long-awaited consultation document Reforming Mesothelioma Claims yesterday (24 July). “Mesothelioma is a tragic and highly sensitive issue and there is much to discuss if we are to get this right for sufferers,” said Matthew Stockwell, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
“We hope this exercise will result in a fairer system which will benefit people who are dying from a truly awful disease they contracted just because they turned up for work, often many decades ago,” he said. “Putting the needs of terminally ill people first should be the top priority for all parties here.
“We look forward to ongoing discussions over the next few months and are encouraged by the Government’s expressed willingness to listen to new ideas.”