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Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

Q. What is Disablement Benefit? A. Disablement benefit is the main benefit payable as part of the industrial injuries scheme. It is intended to compensate a person who has become disabled as a result of an accident at work or through contracting an industrial disease. Q. Who can claim Disablement Benefit? A. To qualify for Disablement Benefit, a person must meet the following conditions: | Must have an illness or disability which is assesses at 14% or more | The illness or disability must have been caused by an industrial accident or through a prescribed industrial disease | When the accident took place or the disease was contracted, must have been a paid employee.

Q. Are there any exceptions to the 14% rule? A. In most cases, the injury or disease has to be assessed as at 14%, however, if the person has pneumoconiosis or byssinosis, s/he needs an assessment of 1% or more. Q. Does the person claiming this benefit have to have worked for an employer for a specific period of time? A. It does not matter how long the person has been working for an employer before s/he can claim Disablement Benefit. Q. How does a person register an accident at work for the purposes of a future claim for Disablement Benefit? A. A person who has an accident at work but has not yet developed a disability or health problem as a result of it, can make a declaration stating that s/he had an industrial accident. This may it easier to establish entitlement to Disablement Benefit if a future claim is made.

Q. How is disablement assessed? A. To be eligible for Disablement Benefit, the person's disability will have to be assessed by the DWP. This would mean that a medial examination is arranged. Q. How much Disablement Benefit is payable? A. Disablement Benefit is payable at a weekly rate according to the percentage assessment of disability. Benefit is usually payable for assessments of 14% or more and the higher the assessment, the higher the rate of benefit payable. The 14% rate of benefit is PS32.32 a week.

| There are CABs in Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton.

TOMORROW: Barbara Carr, assistant director of nursing, quality and patient and public engagement, at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust


TODAY: Joe Michna, Citizens Advice Bureau manager
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 1, 2013
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