Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Explained

Anthony Waddington
Senior Associate Solicitor, Industrial Disease Claims

You may be eligible for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) if you become ill or disabled because of a work related disease. The amount you could receive will be determined by your individual circumstances, such as the severity of your illness.

Our Industrial Disease Solicitors can advise you if the condition you are suffering with is covered by the IIDB scheme, and help you claim appropriate compensation. However, we should stress that a claim for IIDB is separate from any personal injury claim you may wish to pursue against your employer.

Get in touch with our Industrial Disease Solicitors for free legal advice and we’ll be happy to discuss what options are open to you. We often handle Industrial Disease claims on a No Win, No Fee basis – ask us for details.

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How IIDB is Calculated

The amount of benefit you may receive will be determined by the level of your disability, which will be assessed by a medical advisor. They will measure your condition on a scale of 1 to 100%. A person must usually be assessed at 14% disabled at least in order to receive payment.

According to guidelines, a person with a disability assessed at 20% could receive £35.80 a week in IIDB payments. A 50% disability assessment would equate to £89.50 a week, and a person with a 100% disability could receive £179 a week. We should stress, however, that these amounts are only a guide, so any actual payments would depend on the specifics of your case.

What Industrial Diseases Does IIDB Cover?

You may be eligible to claim IIDB if you developed one of the 70 diseases covered by the scheme, including:

      • Asthma
      • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
      • Industrial Deafness
      • Pneumoconiosis (including silicosis and asbestosis)
      • Osteoarthritis of the knee
      • Vibration White Finger
      • Diffuse Mesothelioma
      • Other asbestos related diseases such as primary carcinoma of the lung
      • Unilateral or bilateral diffuse pleural thickening

Our Industrial Disease Solicitors can let you know if your condition is covered by the IIDB scheme, so get in touch and we can discuss your situation with you and whether you could make a claim.

You should be aware that if you were self-employed at the time you were exposed to the event that triggered your industrial disease, you will not be eligible for IIDB. However, in some circumstances, some sub-contractors could be able to claim. Again, our Industrial Disease Solicitors can advise you on this.

Does Claiming IIDB Affect My other State Benefits?

IIDB will affect what you can claim if you are receiving any of the following benefits:

        • Housing Benefit
        • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
        • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
        • Income Support
        • Pension Credit
        • Universal Credit
        • Working Tax Credit

Receiving IIDB may also affect your Council Tax Reduction.

However, receiving IID will not usually mean that you will receive fewer benefits than you do now. You’ll still be able to receive IIDB if you’re already receiving:

          • Contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
          • Contribution-based Employment and Support
          • Allowance
          • Incapacity benefit
          • State Pension

Can I Still Claim IIDB If My Circumstances Change?

If you’re already receiving IIDB and there is a change in your circumstances, you must tell the Department for Work and Pensions.

This could include:

            • Changing your name or gender
            • Getting married or entering into a civil partnership
            • A change of address
            • Relocating to another country
            • Going to prison
            • A deterioration or improvement in the condition that you’re claiming benefit for

If you have any questions about claiming state benefits for an industrial disease and claiming compensation from the employer responsible for your condition, get in touch with our team of expert Industrial Disease Solicitors for open, straightforward legal advice.

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