Suffering an injury at work is worrying for many reasons. Obviously, first and foremost you have your health to worry about. Was the injury particularly bad and could it prevent you from working in the future – at least to the same extent you did before? Additionally, how does a work injury affect benefit you might already be receiving?
The most important thing to remember is that no two cases will be the same. We are all individuals, and therefore it is important to seek expert advice regarding your benefits from someone who can help. However, you will also need to consider how a potential compensation claim could affect your situation.
Would a work injury affect benefit?
It may do if you receive compensation because of that injury. The first thing to bear in mind is how much compensation you may get. Additionally, some benefits are means-tested. This means any savings you have will influence the amount you get in certain benefits. If you have more than £16,000 in savings, you won’t get any benefits at all. Anything over £6,000 up to this amount could reduce what you are given in benefits.
So, if you are awarded a lump sum compensation payment, this will be considered when assessing benefits in the future. You may have less than £6,000 awarded to you, in which case you won’t be affected. But if you have more than that, you may notice a difference to your benefits. It is, however, possible to get a Personal Injury Trust set up to protect your compensation, and this is something you should find out more about.
Learning more about possible compensation
You’re likely to have questions about your desire to try and win compensation following an accident at work. Wanting to know could a work injury affect benefit is just one of them. To learn more about how your injury could affect your benefits and potentially lead to compensation is just the beginning.
Call 0800 689 0500 to reach someone who can help at Accident Advice Helpline. Additionally, those calling from any mobile phone can use the number 0333 500 0993 if need be. Finding the best source of advice regarding compensation claims is a good place to start, and you should do it within three years of the accident that led to your injury happening to start with. We are here to help.
Date Published: November 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead