Industrial Injury

What are industrial injuries?

Industrial injuries are injuries, diseases or conditions that a worker sustained or contracted in the course of performing their work. They are often the direct result of negligence, or breaches of health and safety legislation on the part of employers – in which case a claim can be made for personal injury compensation.

What are the categories of industrial injury?

Industrial injuries fall under two main headings:

1. Work-related diseases and conditions: these include diseases the worker contracted as a result of their work, such as breathing problems caused by chemicals; cancer caused by their working environment; and asbestosis. It also includes, for instance, deafness caused by continual use of machinery
2. Work-related accidents: these include accidents that occurred as a result of defective machinery; through lack of training on machinery or vehicles; falls from heights; scalds; and so on

Industrial injuries cover a vast range of injuries, diseases and conditions. If you have suffered an injury or illness as result of your work, seek expert legal advice to find out if your employer could be held liable, and to determine what benefits you may be entitled to.

There is a wide variety of workplace injuries or conditions that mean a victim is potentially eligible for benefits, depending on their individual circumstances. The main benefit available is Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

What is Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit?

IIDB is available for individuals who:

  • Are disabled as a result of a workplace accident
  • Suffer a disease or deafness caused by the workplace or in the course of their work

The amount you are entitled to depends on the seriousness of your disability or condition. However, do note that if you are awarded damages for loss of earnings as a result of your injury/condition, any benefit you received prior would be have to be repaid.

Who is eligible for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit?

You can claim IIDB if:

  • you were employed at the time of the accident or incident, or
  • you were on an approved employment training scheme or course when the accident or event happened, and
  • the accident which led to the illness and disability happened in England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland or
  • in the case of a disease, you were employed and discharging your job-related duties which caused your disease

What diseases are eligible under the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit?

The Government is keen to protect the well-being of workers in their workplaces, and there is an extensive list of more than 70 diseases for which IIDB is available, including:

  • Asthma
  • Diseases caused by asbestos exposure
  • Cataracts
  • Anthrax
  • Dermatitis
  • Leukaemia
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Emphysema
  • Lyme Disease
  • Cirrhosis of the Liver
  • Primary carcinoma of the lung
  • Primary carcinoma of the nasopharynx

Who is excluded from IIDB?

If you were self-employed at the time of the accident, then you are not eligible for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

How much can I receive?

The amount of benefits you could receive depends on two main factors: your age at the time of the injury; and the extent of your injuries, condition or disease. The severity of your injury would be a major factor in determining the appropriate amount of benefit.

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For more information on:

  • Will IIDB affect my other benefits?
  • What other benefits may be received due to industrial accidents or diseases?
  • When do I claim for benefits?
  • How do I claim for benefits?
  • Can I claim compensation for my accident or illness