Benefits for people affected by asbestos-related illnesses

It can be difficult to work out which benefits you may be entitled to claim so below are the main ones you should know about.

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

If you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure at your work, you will be entitled to claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits (IIDB). You will need to show that you worked in a job after 4 July 1948 that exposed you to asbestos at a higher level than is found in the environment at large.

You will not be eligible for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit if you were exposed to asbestos only whilst you were self-employed.

Constant Attendance Allowance

You will be eligible for Constant Attendance Allowance if the effects of Mesothelioma mean that you need care and attention for most of the time.

You may also be able to get a one off lump sum payment if suffering from Diffuse Mesothelioma, Pneumoconiosis or diffuse pleural thickening.

Your exposure to asbestos must have occurred in the United Kingdom.

The amounts paid out are dictated by how old you are at the time of diagnosis.

Any payment received will have to be taken into account if you receive damages from a civil claim.

Claims can be made by completion of Mesothelioma payment claim form or by contacting the Barrow Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Centre.

Claims must be made within 12 months of diagnosis. If you are a dependent claiming for a sufferer who is now deceased, then a claim needs to be made within 12 months from the date of death.