Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for other state benefits to help you cope with your industrial disease, such as:
Constant Attendance Allowance (CAA) - This is available to accident victims with a 100% assessed level of disability who required daily care.
Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance - If you’re assessed at one of the top 2 rates of CAA and need permanent and constant care and attention, you can claim £71.60 on top of the CAA rates.
Reduced Earnings Allowance (REA) - This may be available to you if you can’t do your usual job or other work with similar pay because of your industrial disease, and you have a disability or injury which began before 1 October 1990.
Pneumoconiosis Etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979 – In addition to IIDB you may also be awarded a lump sum depending upon the type of disease you are suffering. Despite the name of the Act it also covers a number of disease types.
You could be entitled to a lump sum from the DWP if you have one of the following:
- Bilateral diffuse pleural thickening
- Diffuse mesothelioma
- Primary carcinoma of the lung when accompanied by asbestosis or bilateral diffuse pleural thickening
To be eligible, your condition must have been caused by your employment and you’re receiving IIDB for one of these diseases. You must also claim within a year of the decision to award you IIDB. The amount you will receive will depend upon the disease and your age at the time of assessment.
Furthermore, in order to receive a lump sum under the 1979 Act, you must not have brought a Court action or received any industrial disease compensation from your employer prior to receiving this award. You can, however, be in the process of claiming from your employer and still receive the award.
Receiving an award under the 1979 Act does not preclude you from then bringing a civil claim for compensation on top of any government lump sum awarded.
Dependents of a person who has died from a dust-related disease may also be able to make a claim, as long as they act within a year of the individual’s death.