This is an important benefit that’s payable to people with certain asbestos-related illnesses, including mesothelioma. It isn’t means-tested and is payable in situations where the illness may have been caused by exposure to asbestos dust at work. It isn’t necessary for a person to have worked with asbestos to get this benefit; they only need to have been exposed to asbestos dust at work. This benefit isn’t paid if you were self-employed in the work that led to the asbestos exposure.
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit can be paid weekly, every four weeks or every 13 weeks directly into your bank account. The amount you get will depend on how much your illness affects you. If you’re awarded Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, you may also be entitled to further benefits. You’ll be able to get further information about these from a benefits adviser or specialist solicitor.