Mesothelioma Compensation:

Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS)

You may be able to claim if all of the following apply:

• you were diagnosed with diffuse mesothelioma on or after 25 July 2012
• your mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos when working in the UK
• you can’t trace the employer that exposed you to asbestos, or their insurers
• you haven’t made a civil claim against any employer or insurer
• you haven’t received damages or a specified payment for mesothelioma and you’re not eligible to a specified payment

You may also be able to claim if you were the dependant of a sufferer who has died.

You can claim for DMPS even if you have already claimed from the 2008 scheme or under the 1979 Pneumoconiosis Act. If you’ve already got a payment from the 2008 scheme or the Pneumoconiosis Act, it will be deducted from the amount you get from DMPS.


How to claim

You can apply online at the DMPS website.

You’ll need:
• your National Insurance number
• your full employment history, with evidence – eg P60s
• evidence of unsuccessful attempts to trace your employer or insurers
• the date of your diagnosis
• evidence of diagnosis
• details of any previous claims
• a witness statement


When should I make an application?


You have up to three years after your first diagnosis of Diffuse Mesothelioma to make an application, but you may want to apply as soon as possible after your diagnosis when you have the supporting evidence outlined in question 4. If you were diagnosed between the 25th July 2012 and the date the scheme starts taking applications, you have three years to apply from the date the scheme starts taking applications.

Can I make an application if a relative of mine has died with Diffuse Mesothelioma before they could apply?

Yes, but only if you are an eligible dependant of the deceased. Where there are two or more dependants, payments can be made to each dependant but the amounts will equal the amount that would be payable if there was just one dependant.

Please note: If you currently have a solicitor who is looking at the possibility of, or is actively pursuing a civil/personal injury claim on your behalf, we would strongly advise you to contact them before making any application to this scheme.

Contact Gallagher Basset for more information on the DMPS and how to apply.

Gallagher Basset:

DMPS website


Telephone: 0131 331 9090
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PO Box 17405
EH12 1FX


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Study into Average Civil Compensation in Mesothelioma Cases: DWP – January 2015. This research provides estimates of average civil compensation and legal costs for occupational mesothelioma cases.

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Last reviewed: March 2017