Can I claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit?
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is a government scheme that awards a weekly sum to an individual who has suffered a long-lasting illness or injury caused by work.
To be eligible for the scheme, a Claimant has to fit the specific criteria the government provides.
Over 70 industrial related diseases are covered under the scheme. These include:
- Chronic Bronchitis or Emphysema
- Prescribed disease A11 (previously known as Vibration White Finger)
- Asbestos-related diseases
The full list of illnesses covered under the scheme can be found on the gov.uk website.
The compensation award is dependent on the severity of the injury or the illness. The level of 'disability' is assessed by a medical professional before the award amount is decided. The weekly amount ranges from £33.60 to £168.00.
Making a Claim
To make a claim, an eligible Claimant must fill out and submit a BI100A form for accidents, or a BI100PD for diseases. These forms can be found on the gov.uk website.
Other Types of Claim
A Claimant may be eligible to apply for Constant Attendance Allowance (CAA) if their disability is assessed at 100% and they require permanent care and attention. Again, the amount of compensation awarded is dependent on the extent of the disability.
An individual may be able to claim Reduced Earnings Allowance (REA) if they are unable to do their usual job due to an injury or illness caused by work.
If an individual has an accident at work that is caused by an employer failing in their duty of care, then they may be able to make a personal injury claim.
A Claimant may be able to make a personal injury claim if an employer:
- Fails to provide adequate training
- Provides inadequate or faulty safety equipment
- Does not address a hazard that leads to an accident
- Fails to ensure a work area is safe and secure
Legal advice should be sought in the first instance.
Quittance's expert panel of solicitors are experienced in dealing with many workplace accidents and illnesses.
If you have suffered as a result of an injury at work, contact Quittance on freephone 0800 612 7456 or complete an online form and we will call you back at a time that is convenient for yo