Does Injury Compensation Affect Benefits?
Will my Benefits be Affected by my Injury Claim?
If you already receive certain benefits from the government, you might be concerned that claiming compensation for an injury could negatively affect your finances. Here at AWH Solicitors, we are passionate about assuring that everyone is treated fairly, regardless of the unfortunate situation that they may have found themselves in.
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Does Injury Compensation Affect My Benefits?
In short, it depends on the type of benefits that you receive. It may affect your benefits if you receive any of these:
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Support
- Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
This is because these are all financial benefits that are means tested. In order to assess your eligibility to claim, they are calculated based on your financial situation, including;
- Your income
- Your savings
- Your capital assets
If you were to receive a very large amount of money in compensation for an accident you were involved in, it would likely affect your savings. If your savings were significantly larger due to the payment, then you might not be able to claim as much in benefits as you previously were.
As an example, if you claim housing benefit, then you would not be able to continue if the amount that you won in compensation pushed your savings over £16,000, or £10,000 if you are a pensioner.
However, in most cases, most means tested benefits remain unaffected if you have less than £6,000 in savings or other capital assets.
Talking to a specialist solicitor about your situation can allow you decide what the best options are for you, and there is no obligation to go through with making a claim if you ultimately feel that it isn’t the right step for you to take.
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Should I make a Personal Injury Claim?
Despite the concern you may have about your personal injury claim affecting the benefits you receive; you shouldn’t let it put you off making a claim for a serious injury that has severely affected your life. Whether you have been injured at work or in a public place, getting the right support for your injury is important.
Accidents at Work
If you have been injured as a result of your employer’s negligence, then you can claim compensation that can take into account whether you are eligible for a number of financial factors such as:
- Loss of earnings
- Rehabilitation Treatment
- Emotional Suffering
- Travel expenses
- Cost of care
Accidents in a Public Place
You should be able to feel safe in a public space, and if an accident has happened to you due to poor maintenance in a public place then you could be entitled to compensation. A public place is legally defined as an indoor or outdoor area which the public has access to, and they can be publicly or privately owned.
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If you are already rightly claiming benefits for a disability or impaired financial situation you shouldn’t have to worry about any money worries if you’ve also been involved in an accident. A chat with our specialists can help you decide on the best action to take.
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