The Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme was introduced in 2014 by the Mesothelioma Act 2014. It is designed to provide substantial payments to sufferers of Diffuse Mesothelioma (or their financial dependants) who cannot access compensation elsewhere. Below you will find a general overview of the process, and advice on how best to proceed with an application.
What you need to do
1.Contact a solicitor to see if you can make a common law claim against your employer or your employer's insurer.
If this is not possible, and you think you are eligible for a scheme payment, you can either apply to the scheme directly, or use a solicitor to assist you in making an application to the scheme.
2.If you believe you are eligible, complete the DMPS Application Form
3.Submit the Application Form along with the required/relevant supporting documentation (see Q4 on our FAQs page).
Applications can be submitted through this website, or by e-mailing DMPS@topmarkcms.com, or by posting to Topmark Claims Management (DMPS), 160 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4TB.
4.Your application may take up to six weeks to process. If the initial submission is incomplete, then the process will be delayed accordingly.
5. If your application is successful, a payment will be made in accordance with the tariff.
If the application is brought by two or more dependants, please see the information contained in our ‘FAQs’ page. N.B. The figures quoted in the tariff table are prior to any deductions being made in respect of recoverable lump sum payments (e.g. under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979, or the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008), and any social security benefits which were paid in relation to mesothelioma.
6. Should your application be unsuccessful and should you disagree with the outcome, you may request a review.
7. When requesting a review, you must supply information in support of why you believe the decision should be reviewed.A review will be carried out and, if you are still not satisfied with the outcome of that review, you can appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (which is part of the Tribunal Services).
8. At any stage you may consult, and/or engage, a solicitor.
If you have instructed a solicitor, they can help you complete the application form, source the relevant supporting documentation, advise you on aspects of the eligibility criteria and, if necessary, provide you with advice relating to the review process.