There are a variety of benefits that can be applied for, we have listed the most important below and are happy to assist any claims you wish to make, please call our helpline on 0151 428 2472.
Before applying for any we recommend you contact either ourselves or your local asbestos victim advice charity to get specific advice for your individual situation. Please also be aware that the benefit system is currently undergoing a lot of change so the information below is subject to change.
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is a weekly payment made to a person with a ‘Prescribed Disease’. The amount of the payment increases with the seriousness of the disability.
‘Prescribed diseases’ include pleural thickening, asbestosis, some lung cancers and mesothelioma. It does not include pleural plaques, and the criteria for pleural thickening are very specific. In order to receive this benefit the sufferer will sometimes have to undergo a medical examination with a doctor who will check that the criteria for each illness is met. The medical is often not needed if the illness is serious.
Pneumoconiosis (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979 and the Mesothelioma 2008 Scheme is a one-time lump sum payment. It increases with the seriousness of the condition and younger sufferers receive higher payments. If the suffer was exposed by his/ her employer, an application under the Pneumoconiosis Etc (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979 should be made. If the sufferer was exposed not by an employer, a claim should be made under 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma 2008 Scheme. If the suffer has died the payment can be claimed by a sufferer’s family.
Other benefits that are available include
Constant Attendance Allowance,
Disability Living Allowance,
War Disablement Pension,
War Widows Pension
Some of the benefits you receive may be taken into account through the Compensation Recovery Scheme when working out how much compensation you should get at the end of the claim. We will advise you how, if at all, this will affect your individual case.