Industrial injuries disablement benefit is the main industrial injuries benefit and is paid to compensate those who have suffered disablement from a 'loss of physical or mental facility' caused by an industrial accident or prescribed disease either:

  • at work
  • on an approved employment training scheme or course

The amount you may get depends on your individual circumstances.

What you'll get

The level of your disability will affect the amount of benefit you may get. This will be assessed by a 'medical advisor' on a scale of 1 to 100%.

Normally you must be assessed as 14% disabled or more to get the benefit.

For a guide on the weekly amounts visit Injuries Disablement Benefit: What you'll get - GOV.UK.


Eligibility

Accidents

You may be able to claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) if:

  • you were employed when the accident or event happened
  • you were on an approved employment training scheme or course when the accident or event happened
  • the work accident or event that caused your illness or disability happened in England, Scotland or Wales

There are some exceptions you can ask the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit centre about.

Diseases

You can claim IIDB if you were employed in a job or were on an approved employment training scheme or course that caused your disease. The scheme covers more than 70 diseases, including:

  • asthma
  • chronic bronchitis or emphysema - also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • deafness
  • pneumoconiosis (including silicosis and asbestosis)
  • osteoarthritis of the knee in coal miners
  • prescribed disease A11 (previously known as vibration white finger)
  • Dupuytren's contracture

The scheme also covers asbestos related diseases including:

  • pneumoconiosis (asbestosis)
  • diffuse mesothelioma
  • primary carcinoma of the lung with asbestosis
  • primary carcinoma of the lung without asbestosis but where there has been extensive occupational exposure to asbestos in specified occupations
  • unilateral or bilateral diffuse pleural thickening

You can get a full list of illnesses from the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit centre.


How to claim

You'll need to fill in and post a claim form.

The form comes with notes that:

  • help you fill it in
  • tell you where to send it

Download and print a claim form

To claim for:

Request a claim form by phone

You can ask Barnsley Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) Centre to send you a claim form.

Barnsley IIDB Centre

Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 121 8379

Video relay service for British Sign Language (BSL) users - Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Alternative formats

Call to ask for alternative formats, such as braille, large print or audio CD.