The 14th Edition Judicial Studies Council (JSC) Guidelines have now been published and these reveal increased recommended compensation awards for asbestos victims.
The JSC Guidelines are a set of guidelines for the courts and lawyers to refer to when considering the level of compensation a personal injury victim should receive following an injury.
The JSC Guidelines categorise injuries by severity, with categories ranging from something simple, such as a minor soft tissue injury right through a catastrophic injury such as a brain or serious spinal injury.
Included within the JSC Guidelines are awards for asbestos related injuries.
The table below shows the old and new award brackets for various asbestos related injuries.
|Condition:||Old bracket:||New bracket:|
|Mesothelioma||£56,650 – £101,750||£61,410 – £110,380|
|Lung cancer||£56,650 – £78,650||£61,410 – £85,340|
|Asbestosis and pleural thickening with a 1% – 10% respiratory disability||£12,210 – £31,075||£13,230 – £33,700|
|Asbestosis and pleural thickening with a 10%+ respiratory disability||£31,075 – £85,580||£33,700 – £92,820|
Boyes Turner are pleased to see that the recommended level of compensation for each type of asbestos related injury award has increased.
The level of award an asbestos victim will receive within each bracket will depend on a number of factors to include:
1. The age of the victim.
2. The level of respiratory deficit suffered.
3. Whether specialist treatment or corrective surgery is required.
4. The length of suffering the person is expected to go through.
5. Whether the disease is fatal.
Boyes Turner are specialists in obtaining the maximum compensation for asbestos victims and have assisted hundreds of clients in obtaining justice in the past.
Bowburn, a small village on the outskirts of Durham, has been left a sad legacy from an old asbestos factory. Today a new housing development is located on the site of the old Cape factory. The factory operated in Bowburn from 1964 until it closed in 1990.
Our client, an elderly lady, remembers the Cape factory for many reasons. Her home, where she has lived for most of her life, is located a quarter of a mile from the site. Dust emanated from the factory and it became part of her every-day routine to sweep the dust away from her path and clean the dust off her windows and window sills. Her children played outside her home and in the fields adjoining the Cape factory.
Her son also worked at the factory where he came into contact with asbestos on a daily basis. As his mother’s house was so close to the factory, he called into see her every day on his way to or from work for a chat and a cup of tea. At one stage during his employment with Cape he returned home to live with his mother for some months and she washed his overalls for him during this time.
Sadly, our client developed mesothelioma, an aggressive and usually incurable cancer that develops in the lungs when tiny fibres of asbestos are inhaled. Others in the village of Bowburn have also contracted mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
Boyes Turner’s asbestos-related disease specialists are skilled at obtaining compensation for sufferers of asbestos-related disease and have obtained justice for many other people similarly affected by Cape (read some of them here and here). In this case, we helped our elderly client make a claim for compensation. Cape initially denied all responsibility but after gathering sufficient evidence to prove our client’s case, we secured a significant sum in settlement.
On 22 September 2017 Boyes Turner’s specialist asbestos related disease claims team are hosting their annual mesothelioma and lung cancer study day.
The day will focus on trends and developments in mesothelioma and asbestos related lung cancer and is free for delegates to attend.
Speakers at this year’s event have now been confirmed as follows:
This event is fully RCP and RCN accredited and CPD points will be awarded to attendees.
The study day is aimed at nurses, doctors, consultants and all other medical professionals who treat and care for, or have an interest in the treatment and care of, people with Mesothelioma and lung cancer.
This event is a great way to keep abreast of the latest developments in treatments, clinical trials, diagnoses and care of asbestos related disease patients.
This event is also a fantastic opportunity for delegates to network with other professionals working in the field of asbestos related respiratory diseases whilst earning CPD points at the same time.
If you would like to attend the study day please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free parking available upon request to delegates.
A light breakfast and a buffet lunch will be provided. When booking your place, please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.
For more information and events visit Boyes Turner’s website.