You can make a claim for industrial injury benefit if you fall ill or become disabled as a result of an accident or disease caused by your occupation. No matter how careful we are in the workplace, accidents and injuries are inevitable.
Industrial injuries refer to the various types of injuries or illnesses that can develop in the workplace. These range in seriousness from minor injuries to more severe ones and may even lead to death.
Common causes of industrial injuries include:
- Manual handling accidents: Lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling heavy loads usually leads to a number of injuries including sprains and strains.
- Long-term dust inhalation: Inhalation of dust – whether from dirt, wood or asbestos – over a long period of time is likely to lead to respiratory problems.
- Vibrating machines: These often lead to a condition known as vibration white finger.
- Extended exposure to continuous loud noises: This usually leads to cases of industrial deafness.
If you are a victim of an industrial accident, you know how far-reaching the consequences can be. The accident affects you and your family and may lead to an altered quality of life.
As one of the top personal injury law firms in the UK, we regularly receive questions regarding industrial injury benefits. Some of these have been dealt with below.
Am I eligible for industrial injury benefit?
You are eligible to claim industrial injury benefit if you meet the following criteria:
- You suffered the accident at work or you contracted a prescribed industrial disease because of your job. Disabilities that arise from causes outside the workplace are not considered for this benefit.
- You must have been employed when the accident or event responsible for your disability happened. This means that you are not eligible if you are self-employed.
- The industrial accident or event happened while you were working in England, Wales or Scotland. Accidents that happened outside these areas of jurisdiction are subject to different laws and regulations.
How much will I receive?
The amount you receive as your industrial injury benefit largely depends on the circumstances of your case. The major determining factor in most cases is your level of disability; therefore, the greater the disability, the greater the payout benefit will be.
Your level of disability has to be assessed by a qualified medical practitioner. The doctor will conduct a full body examination and will compare your health and ability with that of a healthy person of the same age and gender. The disability level is given as a percentage. In order for you to be eligible for the injury benefit, you should receive an assessment of 14% or more.
How can Accident Advice Helpline assist me?
Most people find the process of claiming industrial injury benefits tiresome and confusing. This is why you need to talk to us.
We will appoint with an experienced industrial injury solicitor who will take the time to guide you through the process of applying for this benefit. Contact us using our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500.