Asbestos-related Compensation and Benefits

 

Clydeside Action on Asbestos has a welfare rights team able to advise you and your family/carer on all aspects of benefits and compensation.  CAA’s Welfare Rights Officers provide free and confidential advice, support and information.

The UK system of benefits and compensation is extremely complicated and evolving all the time.  Individual circumstances which apply to you and and your family members determines what you may be entitled to.  It is therefore strongly advisable to contact us before applying for any benefit or compensation payment.

 

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When you are told, or become aware that you have an asbestos related condition, you will normally have a period of 3 years from that date in which to start a court action for civil compensation. It is also possible to pursue a case even where the sufferer has died.  This is known as a posthumous claim. Read more……

 

Pleural Plaques Compensation

 

Prior to 2007, it was possible to pursue a civil claim for compensation if you were suffering from pleural plaques.  However, in October 2007 the House of Lords ruled that this should end.  CAA immediately launched a campaign to rectify this situation which resulted in the introduction of the Damages (Asbestos Related Conditions) (Scotland) Act 2009 Read more……

 

welfare rights advice1State Benefits & Compensation

 

There are benefits & compensation which are specific to those who suffer from an asbestos related disease.  However, it is also possible that those who have an asbestos related condition may also be entitled to other state benefits.  It is very important to seek advice before applying for any state benefit as many benefits overlap and you may find yourself financially worse off if you apply for and receive a benefit which is not appropriate to your circumstances  Read more……

 

mxMesothelioma Compensation

 

Those who contract mesothelioma generally fall into two categories:

•Those who contract mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos while working for a past or current employer

•Those who either were not, or cannot demonstrate that they were, exposed to asbestos at work, which may have led to them contracting mesothelioma

 

There are also two main categories of compensation:

  • State or government compensation in the form of benefits and no fault compensation schemes
  • Compensation from bringing a legal action against those employers who exposed you to asbestos.  Read more…………

 

Posthumous Claims – Procurator Fiscal & Coroner

 

As well as a potential civil claim, applications for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit and to the Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers Compensation) Act 1979Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme 2008 & Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme 2014 can be made posthumously by dependants of the deceased. There is normally a strict time limit of 12 months from the date of death in which to claim state (government) benefits/compensation. Read more…..

 

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Armed Forces Compensation

 

If you contracted an asbestos related condition solely from exposure to asbestos while serving in the armed forces you are not entitled to the same benefits/compensation as a civilian exposed to asbestos at his/her work. However if you have been exposed to asbestos while working as an employed earner (employee) at any time since 1948 and that exposure could possibly have contributed to you developing an asbestos related disease you may be able to claim the same benefits and compensation, even if you were exposed to asbestos at some point while serving in the armed forces. Read more……

 

Dünyamız 3uk flagsExpatriates & Asbestos – Related Benefits & Compensation

 

British expatriates (UK citizens who have taken up residence in a foreign country) who were exposed to asbestos while working in the UK and have contracted an asbestos related disease as a result of that exposure, are entitled to apply for benefits & compensation from the UK government. Read more…...

Last reviewed 1 January 2015