What will the Welfare Reform Bill mean for Head Injury Claimants?

A recent Court decision involving a brain injured 10 year old girl has important implicationsHeadway’s Concerns

Headway, the brain injury charity, recently voiced its concern that the Welfare Reform Bill will make it harder for brain injured people to access the appropriate level of state help they need, to live as fully and independently as possible.

Employment and Support Allowance

Headway highlighted the proposal to limit contributory Employment and Support Allowance claims to one year.  The vast majority of people following a traumatic brain injury want to find work in order to boost their self-esteem, reintegrate into society and regain a level of independence.  Where however a brain injured person is just unable to return to work, then after a year they may be denied appropriate financial support and could find themselves, and their families, pushed into poverty.

Disability Living Allowance

Against the backdrop of the Government targeting a 20% reduction in expenditure by switching Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Headway is also concerned that PIP assessments may not identify or adequately cater for complex conditions.

Head Injury UK: Specialist Brain Injury Lawyers

Head Injury UK shares Headway’s concerns about any impact of the Welfare Reforms on our clients whom, through no fault of their own, are disadvantaged and vulnerable.  Our specialist brain injury solicitors handle a broad range of traumatic brain injury claims including: birth injury such as cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury sustained in falls, accidents at work, road traffic accidents and by innocent victims of criminal assaults.

Our experienced lawyers, fully aware of the current Welfare Reforms, help reduce financial stresses caused by a serious head injury with the appropriate use of interim payments, personal injury trusts and early rehabilitation.  At Head Injury UK we aim to minimise any negative impact of the Welfare Reforms to ensure our clients lead as independent lives as possible.  If you wish to discuss any of these issues please contact Andy Shaw.

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