Am I entitled to receive this benefit?
You will be entitled to receive this benefit if:
- Your asbestos-related disease causes you injury;
- You have contracted your disease at work.
How much will I receive?
This benefit is paid as a weekly pension and will be paid for the rest of your life.
The amount payable will depend on your level of respiratory disability and this must be at least 14% to receive this benefit. This will be assessed by a medical advisor.
If you are suffering from mesothelioma, you will automatically be assessed at the highest rate and will receive £182.90 per week (correct as of June 2021).
Is this benefit repayable?
If you have a successful civil compensation claim and claim loss of earnings (i.e. you have given up work as a result of your condition), any IIDB payments received until the date of settlement will need to be offset against the loss of earnings claim and repaid to the Compensation Recovery Unit. This is to prevent someone from recovering compensation twice in respect of the same condition. The IIDB payments should be treated as an interim payment of compensation.
Once this has been repaid, you will continue to receive IIDB payments for the rest of your life.
If you were already retired, any IIDB payments will not need to be repaid as there will be no loss of earnings claim.
If your civil compensation claim is not successful, these benefits will not be repayable.