Government deny secret deal on Mesothelioma Claims

The Civil Justice Minister, Lord Faulkes, has denied that there was a secret deal made behind closed doors with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the Government on mesothelioma claims.


United Kingdom – WEBWIRE – Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mesothelioma has a devastating effect on not only the victim’s life, but the lives of their loved ones. The Government should be doing their upmost to protect these victims and their families, rather than assisting insurers to save money.

The Civil Justice Minister, Lord Faulkes, has denied that there was a secret deal made behind closed doors with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the Government on mesothelioma claims.

The agreement is apparently in relation to the Government removing the exemption for mesothelioma claims in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO), which results in significant savings for the insurance industry. In return, the insurance industry will fund the Mesothelioma Act 2014.

These allegations have come to light following a Justice Select Committee hearing about mesothelioma claims. The committee looked into the Government’s decision to withdraw the exemption on mesothelioma in relation to the payment of legal costs. The ending of the exemption would result in many sufferers having to pay legal costs out of their damages. This would save insurers tens of thousands of pounds in legal costs. The insurance industry would then fund the Mesothelioma Act 2014, an act which pays compensation to mesothelioma sufferers who cannot trace an insurer.

These changes would result in many terminally ill sufferers receiving greatly reduced compensation for the harm caused by this deadly disease. At Freeclaim Solicitors, we believe that these victims need to be protected by the legal system until a full review can be made in relation to the effects LASPO will have on these claims.

Philip Coulthurst, Head of Serious Injuries at Freeclaim Solicitors commented, “Mesothelioma has a devastating effect on not only the victim’s life, but the lives of their loved ones. The Government should be doing their upmost to protect these victims and their families, rather than assisting insurers to save money. The effects of LAPSO are not yet clear, and until the results of these changes are published, these people need to be fully protected and insurance companies should pay out for these wrong doings”.

Freeclaim Solicitors are specialist serious injury solicitors. We have experience in helping sufferers of mesothelioma, and other asbestos related disease, claim the compensation they deserve. With over 25 years’ experience, we are sympathetic and understand how difficult it can be following the diagnosis of these diseases. We will take the stress and hassle away from the claim process, and deal with all of this on your behalf.

Due to the serious nature of these diseases, it is important you speak to a specialist solicitor who has the expertise in this area. To discuss your claim or a loved one’s compensation claim, call us on 0800 612 7340 or visit www.freeclaim.co.uk


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