If you are over 65 and suffer from a significant disability you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance. This benefit is available no matter how your disability arose. It does not have to be linked to an accident or an industrial disease.
This benefit will be paid if your disability is severe enough for you to need help caring for yourself or need someone to supervise you, for your own or someone else’s safety.
There are two different rates of Attendance Allowance and the sum paid will depend upon the level of disability and the amount of care required.
The payment of benefit is not determined by your income or your level of savings, but rather the level of disability. Other benefits may actually increase as a result of entitlement to Attendance Allowance. It is also a tax free benefit. For more information visit the Government website.
If you recover damages for care and assistance as part of a claim for personal injury compensation, any Attendance Allowance received up to that point would have to be repaid to the Compensation Recovery Unit. This would only be to the extent that the benefits received extinguish the damages recovered for any care and assistance provided.
In addition repayment does not apply to Attendance Allowance received after the date of trial or any earlier settlement. If Attendance Allowance has been received but it is unrelated to condition which is the subject of the personal injury claim, no repayment is necessary.
At Sintons our personal injury specialists can advise you on issues relating to state benefits and how they may affect your claim. All personal injury claims are pursued on a No Win No Fee basis so you can rest assured that there is no financial risk.
To begin a personal injury compensation claim or obtain further advice with no obligation contact Sintons 24/7.