Lawyer praises new scheme

A SHEFFIELD-based personal injury legal specialist says a new compensation scheme to help victims of mesothelioma - a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos – is a step in the right direction.

The Government-funded initiative means a U-turn for potentially hundreds of mesothelioma sufferers across the region - who have previously been unable to trace their illness to a specific employer or insurer - to receive payments, which in most cases are likely to exceed £100k. Those who are diagnosed after July 25 this year are eligible to claim.

David Eade, a partner at KH Injury Lawyers, who has been representing mesothelioma sufferers for many years, says the scheme has been long awaited. First payments are expected to be made by 2014.