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Mesothelioma Sufferers To Get Compensation  

Details have been released about how much compensation will be offered to victims of the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma.

Applications to a new scheme can be made from 1st October.

It was agreed by States Members last November following a petition that drew more than 1300 signatures.

Claimants have to be over 18, a Jersey resident for the last five years, exposed and diagnosed here, and claim within 12 months.

Relatives can also apply on behalf of a deceased family member.

Compensation ranges from £92,259 for sufferers aged under 37 to £14,334 for victims aged over 77.

It's planned to go up annually in line with Jersey RPI. 

The government thinks there will be around five claims a year.

Social Security Minister Deputy Judy Martin says it's aimed at making sure sufferers receive a lump payment quickly and easily.

Image credit: Hellerhoff/Wikimedia Commons

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