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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Industrial accident compensation – The benefits

    Unfortunately industrial accident compensation is claimed very frequently. For industrial accident-related injuries, you can claim specific benefits only if the accident happened in the UK and you were employed when it occurred. Before opting for a particular compensation plan, you should know that specific plans especially developed for the victims of industrial accidents might affect other benefits. If you are currently receiving income support, for instance, certain industrial benefits may annul the main condition (low income) that makes you eligible for income support. Thus, before opting for a certain type of benefit, make sure you ponder all alternatives carefully.

    Types of benefits you may receive for an injury due to an industrial accident

    UK law includes certain benefits for the people injured in industrial accidents. These are divided as follows:

    Loss of earnings

    Besides the industrial accident compensation you will receive from your employer, you can get state benefits, such as:

    • Disability Working Allowance
    • Incapacity Benefit
    • Employment and Support Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Invalidity Allowance
    • Invalidity Pension
    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
    • Reduced Earnings Allowance
    • Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • Unemployment Benefit
    • Unemployability Supplement
    • Sickness Benefit

    Cost of care

    If you are awarded for cost of care, the compensator might reduce the compensation that he or she provides. The benefits covering the cost of care are:

    • Attendance Allowance
    • Allowance or Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance
    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Increase for Constant Attendance
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • Personal Independence Payment

    Loss of mobility

    Similar to the aforementioned point, the organisation or person who pays your compensation can reduce the amount if you are awarded one of the following:

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    • Mobility Allowance
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • Personal Independence Payment

    Besides these, the government provides a series of benefits for the persons who suffer from certain health conditions caused by hazardous working conditions, such as exposure to asbestos.

    Industrial accident compensation recovery

    If you have already received compensation from your employer, you must inform the Compensation Recovery Unit. If you have also received social benefit for your injury, you must pay back to the Department for Work and Pensions the respective amount.

    Filing for future industrial injury benefit

    You should consider filling out special forms for future industrial injury benefit, even if you are not disabled immediately after an industrial accident. This can help you get rightful compensation if you become disabled as a result of an industrial accident at a later date. Filling out these forms does not give you the right to claim any money. However, they provide a record of the accident so you have evidence if problems arise later on.

    When to claim for benefits 

    Regardless of the severity of your injury, the prudent course of action would be to file a compensation claim as soon as possible after the accident. The reason for filing a claim right after an industrial accident takes place is to record that your injuries were caused by that particular accident. If no claim is filed, you may be unable to ask for benefits later on.

    One thing you can do to find out more about making an industrial accident compensation claim is to contact Accident Advice Helpline. Our initial advice is free and you have no obligation to proceed with your claim after talking to our legal advisers.

    Date Published: September 24, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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