You may be entitled to Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) if you became ill or are disabled because of a disease contracted during the course of your employment. The amount you may get depends upon your individual circumstances. Your carer could get a Carer’s Allowance (https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance ) if you have substantial caring needs.
2. The amount of the award
The level of your disability will affect the amount of benefit you may get. This will be assessed by a ‘medical examiner’ on a scale of 1 to 100%. Normally you must be assessed as 14% disabled or more to get the benefit. All amounts are a guide only.
You cannot do your usual job or other work with similar pay because of an accident or disease caused by work
You have a disability or injury which began before 1 October 1990
Pneumoconiosis Etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979
Jobcentre Plus may pay you a lump sum if you have one of the following diseases:
Bilateral diffuse pleural thickening
Primary carcinoma of the lung when accompanied by asbestosis or bilateral diffuse pleural thickening
To get a payment you must meet all the following conditions:
Your dust-related disease must have been caused by your employment
you’re getting Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit for one of the listed diseases
You must claim within 12 months of the decision awarding Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
You cannot or have not taken civil action because your former employer has stopped trading
You have not brought a court action or received compensation from an employer in respect of the disease
You may be able to make a claim if you’re the dependant of someone who suffered from a dust-related disease but who has died. A dependant claim must be made within 12 months of the death of the sufferer.
Diffuse mesothelioma payment
You may still be able to get a payment for an asbestos-related illness if you are not eligible for compensation under the Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979.