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'Miners' Knee' victims to get compensation

  • Published: Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Thousands of miners suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, commonly known as 'Miners' Knee' will be able to claim compensation. Osteoarthritis of the knee will be added to the list of 'prescribed diseases', meaning that sufferers will be able to apply for compensation through the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

Compensation for miners

The government decided to add osteoarthritis of the knee to the list of 'prescribed diseases' following the recommendation of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC).

The IIAC advised that coal miners with the disease who have worked underground for ten years or more should be able to claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

Symptoms of 'Miners' Knee' include:

  • pain
  • swelling
  • stiffness
  • reduced mobility

The change is expected to come into force in the summer.

James Purnell, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions said: "It is right that this help should be available to coal miners who are suffering from this painful condition following years of hard work.

"This disease has made life very difficult for a large number of retired miners and forced others to end their working life earlier than planned, so I am pleased that we are now in a position that we will be able to offer them valuable financial assistance."

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