Claiming benefits for industrial deafness
If you suffered hearing loss because of the noisy environment at your workplace, you can claim for Industrial Injury Disablement Benefit. This benefit covers over 70 industrial injuries and illnesses, including deafness. The only reason that you wouldn’t qualify of the Industrial Injury Disablement Benefit is if you were self-employed when the injury occurred. Please note that Industrial Injury Disablement Benefit claims are different to industrial deafness compensation claims, in which you sue your employer for damage to your hearing, and there is nothing stopping you from pursuing both types of claims.
How much might you be entitled to?
According to Directgov, there is a large range of benefit amounts you could be eligible for, from £18.42 to £150.30 weekly, depending on your age and what percentage — from 1% to 100% — your injury is given by a qualified professional based on the type of industrial deafness you are suffering from and the severity of the injury.
How do you claim?
You can claim at the Industrial Injury Disablement Benefit delivery centre in your region or download the form at the Directgov website and send it into the centre. There is a time limit for starting your claim process, so you want to claim as soon as possible, or else you might lose your benefit.
How are you paid?
The amount of benefits that you receive each week will be placed into an account, which you can access when you need to. Directgov has decided that this is the easiest, most pain-free and efficient way to transfer the benefit money to claimants.
Changes you might expect to your other benefits
If you are receiving any other benefits, or if you are receiving any sort of state funded support, receiving Industrial Injury Disablement Benefits might affect the status of your other support. It is important to check with your local representatives in charge of your current benefits and support before you start claiming benefits for your industrial deafness.
Keeping the government informed
If anything changes in your status, it is important that you notify the office that deals with your benefits immediately, so they can make the proper adjustments. According to Directgov, these changes include, but are not limited to:
- going into or leaving hospital
- going into or leaving a care home
- going abroad to live or visit
Industrial deafness is a dangerous condition that can make performing regular tasks at work become difficult, especially if the hearing damage increases to a certain point. It is always important to assess your hearing ability on a regular basis and be wary of the symptoms of industrial deafness, because, since hearing loss is usually permanent, it is crucial that you prevent hearing loss from either occurring, or becoming worse. If you have already been affected by industrial deafness, and would like to claim benefits, you have the right to claim, and it is important you know everything you can do.
Return to the Industrial Deafness Guide for Workers.