Insurance industry proposals to change how compensation claims for mesothelioma are handled have been rejected by the Government.
This month it was announced that the Government is not going ahead with the proposed mesothelioma pre-action protocol. Mesothelioma claims will also not be the subject of fixed fees. It was stated that the insurance industry is to review it’s proposal to set up and fund an electronic case management system for mesothelioma claims.
Former APIL President, Karl Tonks, welcomed the news as it shows that the Government has listened to victims, their families and representatives and has recognised that the proposals would not assist in settling mesothelioma claims quickly.
Unfortunately, it was not all good news. It was also announced that asbestos victims will no longer be protected from recoverability given in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. This means that those bringing claims for mesothelioma may have deductions made from damages awarded to pay for legal costs.
This issue is due to be reviewed by the Government and WhatsMyAsbestosClaimWorth will keep you updated on this matter.