If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer, asbestosis or pleural thickening, you may be able to claim one or more of the following:
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB): You may be eligible for IIDB if you were exposed to asbestos as a result of your work. This is not available for people who were self-employed.
- Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979: You may be eligible to receive a lump sum payment if you cannot make a civil claim, are awarded IIDB and your employer no longer exists (making a civil claim impossible).
- Diffuse mesothelioma payments (the ‘2008 scheme’): You may be eligible to receive a lump sum if you were not exposed at work. For example if you were exposed to asbestos as a result of secondary exposure to a family member who came home from work with asbestos dust on their clothes or if you lived near an environmental source of asbestos. This fund may make a payment if you were self-employed when you were exposed.
- Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS): You can claim DMPS if you were diagnosed with diffuse mesothelioma on or after 25 July 2012 and you cannot find the employer responsible for exposure to asbestos or their insurer. You may also be eligible if you were a dependant of a person with mesothelioma who has died, for example a husband or wife.
- War Pensions Scheme: If you were in the armed forces and you have mesothelioma because you came into contact with asbestos, you might be able to make a claim under the War Pensions Scheme. There are several payments and schemes available – more information is available from Veterans UK.
You may also be entitled to claim general state benefits, such as:
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- Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – previously known as disability living allowance. This is available (depending on your circumstances) if you are aged under 65 when you apply.
- Attendance Allowance – a benefit for people aged 65 or older.
- Carer’s Allowance – a benefit for people who are looking after a disabled person, such as a husband, wife or child.
- A Blue Badge Parking permit – a disabled parking badge administered by the government.