If you are ill or disabled following an accident you may be entitled to claim for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). This will offer you financial support if you’re unable to work.
You might be transferred to ESA if you’ve been claiming other benefits like Income Support or Incapacity Benefit.
In order to claim ESA, you must have a Work Capability Assessment while your claim is being assessed to see to what extent your illness or disability affects your ability to work.
This assessment has proved controversial and in my experience, many clients have been denied this benefit at a time when they are struggling and need as much financial support as possible.
Often at the outset of the claim, benefits are the means an injured Claimant can rely upon until an interim payment can be secured as early as possible.
I attach a useful list of tips to bear in mind when making an application for ESA.
If you have suffered a serious inury and require help with getting the right financial support, please call our expert team on Freephone 0800 157 7611
In order to claim ESA, people must take part in the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), which requires the completion of a detailed application form as well as, in many cases, a face-to-face assessment with an independent medical advisor. During the process, a claimant is scored against a number of 'descriptors', which when taken together are intended to judge their ability to work. The WCA has proved controversial, with issues in the assessment process, particularly for complex conditions such as brain injury, leaving many people without the support they are entitled to. While there is no way to avoid difficulties arising in all cases, many people do claim the benefit successfully. By getting as much information as possible to the assessors you can increase the chances of them making the right decision first time.