Constant Attendance Allowance
If you have suffered serious injury as a result of an accident at work or you are suffering significant disability from a work related illness, you may be able to claim Constant Attendance Allowance (CAA).
This benefit will be paid if you need daily care and attention because of a disability and you are entitled to Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. Accordingly if you have sustained an injury this must have arisen from an accident at work. Where the disability arises from an industrial disease it must be a prescribed disease for the purposes of IIDB. The level of disability must be assessed at 100%.
There are four different weekly rates of Constant Attendance Allowance and the sum paid will depend upon the level of disability and the amount of care required. Entitlement to Constant Attendance Allowance should automatically be considered at the time of the medical assessment where IIDB is determined at 100%.
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. It is also a tax free benefit. For more information visit the Government website. If you are not entitled to CAA but are over 65, you may in some circumstances be entitled to Attendance Allowance.
If you recover damages for care and assistance as part of your claim for personal injury compensation, any CAA received would have to be repaid to the Compensation Recovery Unit. This would only be to the extent that the benefits received extinguished the damages recovered for any care and assistance that had been provided. In addition repayment does not apply to benefits received after the date of trial or any earlier settlement. For more information click on Compensation Recovery Unit.
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.