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Help for industrial disease victims

Sufferers of a deadly industrial disease in England and Wales are to be supported by faster legal processes under proposals announced by Courts Minister Helen Grant.

The plans would see the creation of an out-of-court process specifically to help settle compensation claims for victims of mesothelioma – a condition which often develops decades after the sufferer has been exposed to asbestos but usually kills within months of being diagnosed.

The proposals – which are out for consultation - would be backed by a new online case management system funded by the insurance industry and would enable victims, or their lawyers, to quickly settle uncontested claims with the insurers of the employers responsible for exposing them to asbestos.

A similar process has been successfully used in recent years to speed up claims for compensation for injuries suffered in road accidents.

The new system will be used for cases where the victim knows where they had been working when they were exposed to asbestos.

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