Asons warn of damaging effects caused by disability cuts

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Hundreds of thousands of disabled people, including sufferers of cerebral palsy, are looking at facing benefit support cuts with the next wave of government’s welfare reforms (1).

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These cuts mean that disabled people will no longer be receiving the vital financial support that they need to be able to cope with the extra cost of living

Hundreds of thousands of disabled people, including sufferers of cerebral palsy, are looking at facing benefit support cuts with the next wave of government’s welfare reforms (1).

It is estimated that 600,000 people will lose out on Disabled Living Allowance, after the government have chosen to make cuts to the amount of money disabled people receive, and for some, cut the allowance completely (1).

These cuts mean that disabled people will no longer be receiving the vital financial support that they need to be able to cope with the extra cost of living, a system that has been described by disability charity Scope, as ‘fundamentally flawed” (1).

For some people within the UK, this can dramatically adjust their standard of living, as some sufferers will be looking to loose between £20.55 and £131.50 a week, without any other form of compensation (1).

Amongst these cuts however, it has to be wondered what the effects will be on sufferers of diseases such a cerebral palsy, a birthing injury caused by a starvation of oxygen to the brain, that can be caused from negligent medical care during birth. Some of these families are now dependent on government funding, because of mistakes that were made within the NHS, so without this money, which avenues are families that suffering the consequences of other peoples actions expected to down? Without this funding, Asons recommend that they turn to a medical negligence solicitors, such as themselves, to recoup some of the costs that they will incur as a result, if they have been victim of negligent care.

The original background for creating Disability Living Allowance, was to subsidise families and individuals for the extra cost of living that comes alongside having a disability. It is used to cover a wide variety of expenses such running medical equipment, increased bills, transport costs, specialist clothing etc.

Expenditures such as these will still be apparent after the welfare reforms, and if families that are suffering because of negligent care in the NHS are looking at facing a lower quality of life, it may be necessary to contact a medical negligence solicitor to investigate into whether there are grounds to build a case to claim compensation for substandard care. This specifically includes sufferers of cerebral palsy, which require lifelong care that can often carry a substantial cost. Instead of families being forced to foot the bill for the negligence of a medical professional, they can claim the money they are owed from the hospitals they were affected by to secure their care.

Asons Executive Thomas Fairclough spoke on the matter saying, “I find it terrible that the government are expecting disabled people to be able to live normal lives on such a reduced level of income. I’m glad that we can offer support to a small number of these individuals with our specialist cerebral palsy solicitors, to claim compensation for cerebral palsy and have the opportunity to live a more stabilised life”.

(1)    Over half a million people to lose DLA lifeline, 8th April 2013
http://www.scope.org.uk/news/over-half-million-disabled-people-lose-lifeline-%E2%80%98flawed%E2%80%99-dla-change

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About Asons Solicitors:
Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

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Email: info(at)asons(dot)co(dot)uk
Website: http://www.asons.co.uk

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