Industrial injuries disablement benefit

You can claim this benefit if you were either:

  • employed in a job that caused a disease
  • employed in a job that caused you to have an accident.

Relevant diseases may include:

  • lung cancer
  • pneumoconiosis (a lung disease caused by breathing in dust)
  • diffuse mesothelioma (a type of cancer caused by asbestos).

You can’t claim this benefit if you were self-employed.

There are also two lump sum payment schemes for people who have certain dust-related injuries, such as mesothelioma. We have more information about claiming industrial injuries disablement benefit if you have mesothelioma caused by your work.

If you have mesothelioma that was not caused by work, you may still be able to get a payment.

How to claim

You can download a form from gov.uk/industrial-injuries-disablement-benefit Or you can contact a regional Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit delivery centre through your local Jobcentre Plus. To find out more about mesothelioma, you can call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00. Or visit the Mesothelioma UK website for details of local support groups.

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