£123K Paid Out In Mesothelioma Compensation

£123,795 in compensation has been paid out to islanders diagnosed with mesothelioma or relatives of Jersey mesothelioma victims since a new scheme started just over a year ago.

A Channel 103 Freedom of Information request has revealed that 'fewer than 15 applications' have been made since the scheme opened on the 1 October 2019.

A States e-petition was launched in 2018 calling for victims of the disease to be compensated.

It followed the death of islander Brian Countanche, who developed the asbestos-related disease during his career in construction.

St Helier Deputy Carina Alves then brought forward a proposition to make sure victims, or families of victims, were compensated.

A UK mesothelioma compensation scheme has been running since 2008.

Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer which is usually due to exposure to asbestos. There is no known cure for the disease and most people are diagnosed at a late stage, which leads to a very short life expectancy.

People who are eligible to claim for the scheme have to:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have lived in Jersey for the last five years
  • Have a diagnosis of Diffuse Mesothelioma from a consultant in Jersey
  • Have been exposed to asbestos-containing materials in Jersey

The amount of money, delivered in a lump-sum, depends on their age at the time of diagnosis.

It ranges between £14,334 for people aged 77 and over to £92,259 for people aged 37 and under. For example, a person aged 70 would get £17,961.

Relatives of islanders who have died from the disease since 1 October 2018 can also apply. Relatives need to:

  • Have lived in Jersey for the last five years
  • Be a close relation of the person who has passed away
  • Apply within 12 months of the person's death

£100,000 per year has been budgeted for Mesothelioma compensation in the recently-published 2021-2024 Government Plan.

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