Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
A not-for-profit organisation representing injured people

Mesothelioma consultation must put needs of dying victims first, say lawyers

25 Jul 2013
APIL news

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.”

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Notes to editors:

  • APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) is a not-for-profit organisation whose members are dedicated to campaigning for improvements in the law to help people who are injured or become ill through no fault of their own.
  • For more information contact APIL's press and communications officers Jane Hartwell on t: 0115 943 5416, m: 07808 768623, e: jane.hartwell@apil.org.uk, or Tim Carter t: 0115 943 5409, e: tim.carter@apil.org.uk.
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