Earlier this month, John Hall, South of England Regional Secretary of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and claimant solicitor specialising in asbestos-related injury, issued an open letter, in which he called for the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS) to be extended.
The statutory regime was established under s.1 of the Mesothelioma Act 2014.
Mr. Hall’s letter insists that the scope of the Scheme should be expanded to compensate asbestosis and pleural thickening victims (and eligible dependants?):
‘... 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 is a step in the right direction, but hundreds more people with other asbestos diseases are left without justice.
... 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’.[i]
Global Asbestos Awareness Week took place in the week commencing 1 April 2019.
Over the coming months, we will monitor Parliamentary debate to grasp whether Mr. Hall’s public recommendation has resounded with Britain’s law-makers.
[i] John Hall, ‘Expanding the mesothelioma payment scheme’ (3 April 2019 Trethowans) <https://www.trethowans.com/news/expanding-the-mesothelioma-payment-scheme/> accessed 8 April 2019.