Payments for Asbestos Disease
- Date: Thursday 5th August 2010
The Ministry of Justice has announced this week that a payment of £5,000 will be made to thousands of workers suffering from an asbestos-related disease.
The previous Labour government had been heavily criticised by victims after ministers did not change a Law Lords ruling that prevents sufferers of pleural plaques - a scaring of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos - from claiming compensation.
People who have already started a legal claim for compensation will be eligible for a payment of £5,000. As many as 6,000 people could be affected campaigners have said.
The scheme opens on Tuesday and sufferers in England and Wales have until August 1, 2011 to lodge a claim. Visiti www.justice.gov.uk for more information
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