benefits and compensation
Why is the the government asking victims of injustice to help sort out a mess of its own making?
It is now more than two months since Justin Tomlinson, the Minister of State for Disabled People, Work and Health, made promises to right any injustices caused by the pandemic. But we still don’t know whether claimants with asbestosis & pleural thickening are to be denied part of their compensation under the government’s lump sum…Read More
Why are they still waiting?
The sun is shining more often and we are starting to unlock, yet people with asbestosis & pleural thickening are still missing out because of the pandemic. The Department of Work and Pensions is slowly processing their claims for government benefits and compensation but there is still an unacceptable backlog. This is causing delays and…Read More
Would you like to lose £1,000 because of inaction by the Government?
Of course not! But the Government’s failure to process benefits quickly, coupled with empty promises from ministers, has resulted in just that! One unfortunate person has lost more than £1,000 The delays in awarding governmnt compensation has meant that one person with an asbestos related disease lost more than £1000 of compensation to which he…Read More
How mesothelioma can affect your emotions
A new study by researchers at the University of Sheffield looks at the way mesothelioma can affect your emotional well-being. By ’emotions’ the researchers mean feelings like ‘loss, grief, anxiety and isolation’. They studied patient records over a 40 year period. Why is mesothelioma different from other cancers? Any cancer diagnosis can affect people in…Read More
Missing out! Messed about! What it’s like with asbestosis or pleural thickening in a covid pandemic
Missing out and messed about. All too often this is what it feels like if you have asbestosis or pleural thickening and you are waiting for your claim to benefits and compensation to be decided. And who’s messing them about and making them miss out? You guessed it! The government. Disabled people have been waiting…Read More
A mesothelioma patient explains why he’s glad he sought legal advice
It was the 11th August 2020 and I was leaving my local hospital with a diagnosis of Mesothelioma! The following few days were very challenging really as my wife and I had to begin to come to terms with what the diagnosis meant. We had to inform family and friends, and discuss treatment options, as well…Read More
How much did the boss know?
People are sometimes appalled to discover that they were exposed to asbestos during their working life. But equally often, they will say, ‘We worked with asbestos all the time. No one knew any better in those days. We thought it was a safe material to use.’ Their manager, or the owner of the firm, may…Read More
Is this daylight robbery or a hidden tax on disabled people?
The Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum has today accused the government of robbing people disabled by asbestos related diseases. They say, “Despite requests to the Department of Work and Pensions for action, victims of asbestosis and pleural thickening are being robbed of their full compensation under the Workers’ Compensation Act 1979 . We ask for…Read More
Our Christmas & New Year Wishes
The Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum is hoping that Christmas and the New Year bring justice for victims of Asbestosis & Pleural Thickening. We should like Father Christmas to deliver two things. The backlog of claims for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit needs to be processed quickly and efficiently. We need an assurance from the Department…Read More
Long awaited good news from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
After a long wait we have had some good news from the DWP. The delays in processing claims for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) when a medical assessment is required are coming to an end! Procedures are now in place to assess IIDB claims for those diagnosed with Asbestosis and Pleural Thickening. Thank you DWP!…Read More