Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
If you sustain an injury due to an accident at work or suffer from a work related illness which is classed as a prescribed disease, you may be entitled to Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB). Entitlement is not linked to your income or savings. Instead it is determined by the level of disability which arises from the accident at work or the prescribed disease. The level of disability will be assessed by a medical adviser instructed by the DWP.
Normally the level of disability must be assessed at 14% or more to obtain benefit. The amount of benefit varies depending upon the level of disability.
In addition it is possible to link more that one injury or condition for the purpose of the assessment.
The assessment may be limited to a certain period or may be for life.
More than 70 diseases have been prescribed as eligible for IIDB these include occupational asthma, noise induced deafness, pneumoconiosis, hand/arm vibration syndrome and various asbestos related diseases. A full list of the prescribed diseases can be found in Appendix 1 of the Technical Guidance published by the DWP.
If you recover damages for loss of past earnings as part of your claim for personal injury compensation, any IIDB received would have to be repaid to the Compensation Recovery Unit. This would only be up to the date of trial or any earlier settlement.
At Sintons our personal injury specialists can advise you on issues relating to state benefits and how they may affect your claim. All personal injury claims are pursued on a No Win No Fee basis so you can rest assured that there is no financial risk.