There are a wide variety of benefits that are available to both the sufferers of an asbestos related illness and their families.
INDUSTRIAL INJURIES DISABLEMENT BENEFIT
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) is a weekly allowance paid by the DWP if your asbestos related illness was caused by your current or previous employment. This award is not affected by income and is made regardless of your age, whether you are retired or whether you paid your National Insurance contributions.
WAR DISABLEMENT PENSION
If you are suffering from an asbestos related illness which you believe has been caused by your time undertaking military service then, providing you are no longer in active service and your disablement arose prior to 6 April 2005, you may be entitled to claim a War Disablement Pension.
DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE (DLA) OR ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE (AA)
Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance are awards that are available to people who need help with their personal care. If you are under the age of 65 then you may qualify for DLA, whereas if you are over 65 then you could receive AA. DLA is split into two parts:
Care component – designed to attend to your care needs.
Mobility component – designed to assist with your mobility needs.
The amount you receive depends on the severity of your illness.
Like the DLA scheme, Attendance Allowance is split into two groups called the Higher Rate and the Lower Rate. Again the award you will receive will depend on the severity of your illness.
PNEUMOCONIOSIS (WORKERS’ COMPENSATION) SCHEME
Unfortunately there are occasions where former employers have ceased trading and their insurance company cannot be traced. Under the Pneumoconiosis (Workers' Compensation) Scheme the Government pay fixed amounts of compensation to people who are suffering with an asbestos related illness.
A lump sum under the Pneumoconiosis (Workers' Compensation) Scheme may only be awarded if you have already been awarded Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB).
DIFFUSE MESOTHELIOMA SCHEME (2008)
This scheme is designed for those who have mesothelioma, and were exposed to asbestos in the UK, but are not entitled to a payment under the Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers Compensation) Scheme because their asbestos exposure did not occur during their employment.
If this is the case then an application can be made for a compensation payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme 2008.
DIFFUSE MESOTHELIOMA SCHEME (2014)
This scheme was introduced in 2014 to compensate those who were unable to trace their employer’s liability insurers. Those who have diffuse mesothelioma may be eligible for a payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme 2014 if:
They were diagnosed with mesothelioma on or after 25 July 2012;
The diffuse mesothelioma was caused by negligent exposure to asbestos during employment;
They are unable to trace all the employers who exposed them to asbestos;
They are unable to trace the relevant employer’s liability insurers.
The scheme pays out 80% of the average amount awarded in civil claims to those diagnosed with mesothelioma on or after 25 July 2012 until 9 February 2015 and at 100% of the average amount awarded in civil claims for those diagnosed on or after 10 February 2015.
We can assist in making an application for a payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme 2014.
BASG are more than happy to help you with the process of applying for benefits. For help with applying for any of the above, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0118 467 6544.
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