If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease then you may be eligible to claim benefits which can be used to provide financial support to you and your family.
Diseases contracted from asbestos exposure present symptoms which are debilitating and may affect your ability to work, impacting your household income.
The Industrial Disablement Benefit (IDB) is available to those who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and have either worked with or had secondary exposure to asbestos. It can be claimed in conjunction with the seeking of a compensation claim through a personal injury solicitor.
The benefit is available to those who came in to contact with the substance after 4 July 1948 and have been diagnosed with one of the conditions listed below.
- Pleural thickening
- Lung cancer developed due to asbestos exposure
If you were exposed to asbestos before 5 July 1948, you do not qualify for this benefit; however, it may be possible for you to receive a payment under the Pneumoconiosis, Byssinosis and Miscellaneous Disease Benefit Scheme.
How to make a claim
To be considered for Industrial Disablement Benefit you will need to obtain a BI100PN form from Jobcentre Plus. Further details are available here.
It is possible to claim benefit allowance from 13 weeks after you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and you are still eligible to make a claim if you are working.
How is the allowance calculated?
The amount of benefit awarded will be determined by a series of assessments which will establish the level of disablement suffered due to your illness.
Minimum weekly payments are valued at £33.20 and will increase depending on the severity of your condition. The maximum allowance available is £166 a week.
Making an Appeal
If your claim has been processed and you have not been assessed as eligible for Industrial Disablement Benefit, you can appeal to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) within one month of the decision being made.
Further information is available via the official Government website.
The Citizen's Advice Bureau also offers advice and assistance free of charge to those who wish to appeal the DWP's decision.
Claiming compensation for asbestos exposure
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease contracted due to repeated or intermittent exposure to asbestos in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation.
Our solicitors specialise in asbestos claims and can provide the expertise and in-depth knowledge required to secure the most beneficial settlement for you and your family.
Call us today on 0808 278 8213 to discuss making a claim.