Victim of asbestos: how to be compensated?
Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister Office)
People exposed to asbestos (or their beneficiaries) can obtain compensation for damages caused by this exposure (medical expenses, loss of income ...). The claim must be submitted to the Asbestos Victims Compensation Fund (Fiva), which has the task of examining the files and deciding whether or not to recognize a right to compensation.
Who is concerned ?
Compensation by the Asbestos Victims Compensation Fund (Fiva) is open to mesothelioma or anyone exposed to asbestos, whether their disease is recognized as occupational or non-occupational or to the person entitled (child, spouse, etc.) of a person exposed to asbestos whose death is due to this exposure.
Amount of compensation
The amount of the compensation is fixed by the Fiva, according to each situation.
The purpose of compensation is to enable asbestos victims to receive full compensation for all injuries suffered:
-Medical fees -Loss of income -Employment of a home help -Moral prejudice in case of loss of a loved one
In most case, once you have been diagnosied, chance of survival diminishes very fast.
You should find a lawyers as fast as you can. Negociations with companies are usually very labourious and complicated and long in time. The earlier you begin the better.