Michael Fabricant is warning the families of ex-miners that they are
being cheated if companies obtain compensation money for them and are
charging fees which are then taken out of the compensation they receive.
"This scam is similar to the legal ‘no win – no fee’ services offered by
lawyers who prosecute employers and other bodies for injuries incurred
by their clients", says Michael Fabricant. "But this time, the money is
compensation from the Government to ex-miners and not a penny should be
deducted from the money due to miners."
Michael has joined forces with Mick Westwood of the Cannock Chase
Retired Miners’ Pensions and Health Claims Association to highlight this
scam. "Companies and so called consultants are exploiting and ripping
off elderly and vulnerable ex miners, many suffering from debilitating
lung diseases" says Michael. "This is happening in Staffordshire and
in other parts of the west midlands. If local miners need to make a
claim, they should contact the Association or their local Citizens
Advice Bureau and not use organisations which will charge a fee by
deducting substantial sums from their eventual award".