Accidents at work can have life-changing, disabling consequences. There are also many occupational diseases that can make it impossible for an affected individual to live a normal life. People who have sustained an injury at work or are suffering from an industrial disease of this magnitude can apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, or IIDB.
What is Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit?
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is paid to people who have certain industrial illnesses or are disabled as the result of a work related accident. It is a non-means tested, non-taxed benefit paid to the affected person by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Who is entitled to Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit?
Anyone who is disabled as a result of a work accident or has a work-related disease can apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. There is no age limit, and there is no need to have made National Insurance contributions.
What are the qualifying conditions?
Only work-related conditions qualify a person for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. Such conditions could include, for example, illnesses cause by exposure to chemicals or other harmful substances or repetitive strain injuries.
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit assessment
How much you will be paid per week depends on your level of disability. This will be assessed by an independent, qualified medical professional. Detailed in percentages, your level of disability will then determine how much Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit you will receive.
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit and compensation
Getting Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit does not affect your right to claim for work injury compensation.
If your work injury or occupational illness was caused by someone else, you can still claim industrial injury compensation against your employer or any other third party, who can be found responsible for your workplace accident.
The fact that you are receiving Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit and your level of disability may, in fact, be helpful in terms of ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve.
How to claim work accident compensation
If actions or inactions by another person resulted in you suffering an occupational condition or living with a disabling work related injury, fill in our online 30-second test or call Accident Advice Helpline’s 24-hour Freephone helpline.
After establishing your claim eligibility, the advisor you are discussing your situation with will offer you the services of an in-house solicitor. Accept this offer and give yourself the chance of winning the work accident compensation you are entitled to.
Make the call now on 0800 689 0500 to see how Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with your compensation claim.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice