Information for personal injury claims managers about the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme and the recovery of lump sum payments.
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The 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme enables DWP to make lump sum payments to people suffering from diffuse mesothelioma, if they were exposed to asbestos in the UK. The 2008 scheme operates alongside the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979, which also pays lump sum payments to sufferers of various dust related diseases.
Lump sum payment recoveries
Lump sums paid under the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme and the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979 are recoverable under the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997. Recovery is made from all compensation claims settled on or after 1 October 2008 regardless of when the lump sum payment was made.