Can asbestos victims claim compensation if their former employer cannot be traced?

Although the UK banned asbestos in 1999, the symptoms of asbestos related illnesses can take many years to develop.

Hundreds of individuals each year are diagnosed with illnesses such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, asbestos lung cancer and diffuse pleural thickening as a result of exposure in a previous place of work. Victims can claim compensation from their former employer to stabilise the future for both themselves and their loved ones with specialist legal support.

However if a former employer or employer’s liability insurer cannot be traced, those suffering with asbestos related illnesses can claim the compensation they deserve from the government’s Diffuse Mesothelioma Payments Scheme (DMPS). The scheme can award victims up to £271,120 based on their age at the time of their diagnosis.

Our expert team can assist asbestos victims with making a claim or, where a former employer is untraceable, with claiming a DMPS lump sum payment. Please call 0117 325 8285 or email occupational.disease@emsleys.co.uk for advice and support.

Emma Costin

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Emma Costin

Director & Head of Asbestos & Occupational Disease

Emma is a specialist occupational illness and serious injury lawyer. She is a qualified solicitor and barrister with 24 years’ experience of acting for claimants only. Emma is also an accredited mediator. She has vast expertise in industrial disease cases including claims for asbestos illnesses, mesothelioma,...

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