A brain injury is likely to have an effect on a family's finances, and claiming benefits can help to ease the pressure. The system is complex and can be confusing, so it is important to get professional advice and to apply as soon as possible so you don't lose money.
This section gives you an overview of some of the benefits you can claim. It takes account of some of the recent changes in the welfare system, and explains which benefits you might be entitled to and how to make a claim.
Download our booklet A guide to welfare benefits after brain injury (PDF) for more detailed information about the wide range of benefits you may be entitled too.
You can find information on some of the most important benefits for people with a brain injury and their family:
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Paid to people who have difficulty with everyday living and/or moving around
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Paid to people who have difficulty working due to illness or disability
- Universal Credit
Paid to people who have difficulty working due to illness or disability. Partially replacing ESA.
When making a claim for benefits or appealing a decision you disagree with, it is always advisable to seek professional advice. You can find out more about the options that are available on the support with benefit claims and appeals page.
You can contact the Headway helpline to talk through your situation and get information on further support.