Industrial Injuries Compensation and State Benefits
The UK government offers a number of state benefit options to people who become ill or disabled as a result of their working environment. These are separate from any personal injury claim you’re making against the company responsible.
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) is a claim for benefits to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and can be claimed if your industrial injury happened while you were in employment, or on a recognised employment training course or scheme.
Our Industrial Disease Solicitors can let you know if your specific injury is covered by the scheme, but the list includes Occupational Asthma, Industrial Deafness and Asbestos related diseases such as Mesothelioma, Asbestosis and Mesothelioma.
Pneumoconiosis Etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979
This is a lump sum that can be awarded to sufferers of various industrial diseases, alongside IIDB payments.
Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme 2008
Employees who have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma may not always be eligible for compensation under the Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979.
However, you may be able to claim for money under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme. We can advise you on this. The scheme may also be a good option for anyone who was exposed to asbestos either secondhand through a family member or while you were self-employed.
Constant Attendance Allowance (CAA)
You can claim this if your industrial injury means you require daily care and your disability level has been rated at 100%.
Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance
People eligible for one of the top 2 CAA rates can claim an extra £71.60 if they need round-the-clock care and support.
Reduced Earnings Allowance (REA)
If your industrial injury means you aren’t able to perform your usual job or similarly paid jobs, and your injury occurred before October 1st 1990, you may also be eligible for this benefit.