Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

You can claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit if you were employed in a job, or on an employment training scheme, that either:

  • caused you to have a disease
  • caused you to have an accident.

Cancers that can be caused by working in certain jobs include lung cancer and diffuse mesothelioma (a type of cancer caused by asbestos).

You cannot 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. These are:

  • diffuse mesothelioma payments (the 2008 scheme)
  • the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS).

If you have mesothelioma that was not caused through employment, you may still be able to get a payment. This may have happened, for example, because you washed the clothing of someone who worked with asbestos, or you were self-employed.

How to claim

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. For more information about mesothelioma payments visit

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