We can help you apply for state benefits to improve your immediate financial situation.
We know the victims of asbestos related illnesses and their families often need money as soon as possible. As soon as you instruct us to look after your asbestos claim, we will also help you apply for any relevant state benefits which you are eligible for.
The two main benefits that you could be entitled to are Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit and a lump sum payment under the Pneumoconiosis etc ( Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979.
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit(IIDB)
This benefit can be paid to people who are suffering from certain prescribed diseases contracted in the course of certain employment or an approved training scheme or course.
The asbestos related diseases that are relevant are mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and diffuse pleural thickening.
Each applicant completes a form providing details of their employment and exposure to asbestos. We will complete this on your behalf. If the initial application is approved then you will be sent for a medical where a doctor will assess the level of your disability. This will determine whether you receive an award and , if so, the level of award.
The payment can be made on a weekly or monthly basis and is not means-tested.
The Benefit cannot be paid for the first 15 weeks after the date of onset of the disease in cases of asbestosis and pleural thickening but is paid from the date you were first disabled in cases of mesothelioma and asbestos induced lung cancer. Please note however that in all cases the payment of the benefit can only be backdated for 3 months before the claim form is submitted so it is important that the form is completed and sent off as soon as possible.
Pneumoconiosis etc (Worker’s Compensation) Act 1979 Payment(PWCA)
Those who have developed asbestos disease can also apply for this payment. The same asbestos diseases are relevant as for IIDB.
If IIDB is awarded then you automatically qualify for this payment. The amount you receive depends on your age, which disease you have and how disabled you are.
This benefit is also non means-tested but it would be deducted from any compensation awarded in a successful civil claim against you employers. That is not always the case with IIDB.
To claim a PWCA payment you must apply within 12 months of the date you were awarded IIDB.
If a person has died their dependants can make a claim , but must do so in writing within 12 months of the date of death.
PWCA is only awarded to those who have developed an asbestos disease caused by their work, however in the case of mesothelioma you can get a single lump sum payment through the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme if you developed this condition and it wasn’t work related.