On 24th July 2013 the Ministry of Justice launched a consultation named “Reforming Mesothelioma Claims”. The consultation will discuss a package of reforms to the procedures governing mesothelioma claims in England and Wales. These reforms are separate to the Mesothelioma Bill currently before the House of Commons as it relates to mesothelioma claims where the employer or the employer’s liability insurers are traceable.
The proposed reforms include introducing a dedicated Mesothelioma Pre-Action Protocol, introducing an online portal similar to the RTA and EL/PL portals, and developing a fixed costs regime for mesothelioma claims. The proposed reforms seek to increase the speed and improve the efficiency of the claims process so that victims receive compensation more quickly and prior to death.
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has welcomed the consultation but stress that the needs of mesothelioma victims should be priority for all parties involved.
The consultation closes on 2nd October 2013 and a consultation response is planned for Winter 2013. You can find a copy of the consultation and share your views at: