Does it matter who is responsible for diffuse mesothelioma?

On behalf of Attwaters Jameson Hill posted in Workplace Accidents on Friday, May 1st, 2015

When most people think of workplace accidents, the first thing they think of is a fall, a car accident, or an incident with heavy machinery. It’s very important to remember that not all accidents are this dramatic, and small mistakes could lead to even more drastic health complications over time.

For example, if you are accidentally exposed to asbestos while you’re at work, you could develop diffuse mesothelioma. Not all people do, but it is common in those who are exposed for a long period of time. If you are exposed, you may be eligible for payments and compensation.

As you go through this process, you’ll find that you can get some payments no matter who is responsible. You may not be able to show that your employer was the one who was at fault, and then you can use the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme, or DMPS.

Many people can show that their employers are at fault, though, especially through negligence and a lack of safety procedures. If you fall into this category, you can still ask for diffuse mesothelioma payments, which are often referred to as the “2008 scheme.”

So, it does matter who was at fault, because it determines what type of payments you can seek and where those payments will come from. This can drastically change the legal process on your end. However, no matter how fault is worked out, you are going to have some options for payment.

This can all become very complicated and time-consuming, so be sure to look into every legal option at your disposal in Essex.

Source: Gov.UK, “Diffuse mesothelioma payments,” accessed April 24, 2015

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