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Mesothelioma government help and benefits
Mesothelioma victims are entitled to help if the cancer was contracted at work. If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma you may be entitled to a number of benefits including Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) or a lump sum payment under the Workers' Compensation Act. In addition you may be entitled to Disability Living Allowance if you need assistance with personal care or getting around.
You may also be able to get a one-off payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme. The scheme is in place to compensate people with Diffuse Mesothelioma who were exposed to asbestos either negligently or in breach of statutory duty by their employers, and who are unable to bring a claim for compensation against the employer or that employer's Employers' Liability insurer.
The scheme can also make payments to eligible dependants of a sufferer of mesothelioma who has passed away. Under the Scheme, the payments vary depending on your age and when you were diagnosed and is based upon a Payment Tariff.
You can find more information about both schemes and check your eligibility on the gov.uk website. The Citizens Advice Bureau is also a good source of information and national cancer charities such as MacMillan can give both advice and practical support to individuals and their families.