Unemployment Following a Stroke – The financial impact
People of working age are two to three times more likely to be unemployed eight years after their stroke. This statistic from the Stroke Association’s report, State of the Nation – Stroke Statistics, highlights the devastating financial impact that a stroke can have. Combine this with the fact that there are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK and the severity of the problem becomes apparent.
Work is the cornerstone of most people’s lives. The loss of employment following a stroke can affect more than their ability to pay for their bills, it can affect their sense of purpose and confidence. For many, the loss of income can cause enormous financial pressure on their wider family, which may even lead to the breakdown of relationships.
The Stroke Association suggests that the average cost of a stroke to a family in the UK is an incredible £22,377 but this may vary between £5,000 and £100,000 depending on how severe the impacts of the stroke are.
The financial impact, combined with the isolation following loss of employment, can severely affect a stroke survivor’s mental health. It is therefore incredibly important that stroke survivors are given access not only to therapies and treatments but to opportunities to help them socialise and integrate them back into the community such as volunteering, new hobbies and a chance to meet others who have suffered a stroke.
At Bolt Burdon Kemp we represent clients who have highly complex and high value legal cases. We work with them and their friends and families to assess their needs and provide support. We have experience in winning cases for clients who have suffered a stroke due to negligent medical treatment.
Sadly, many of our clients who have had a stroke have felt an impact on their employment. Whilst some of them have been able to return to work eventually, others have unfortunately been unable to resume their duties at all. It’s unfortunately all too common for many of our clients to suffer bouts of unemployment and significant financial losses because of their stroke.
Any financial losses which have occurred as a result of negligence can be recovered as part of a legal claim for compensation. We work with our clients and specialist forensic experts to obtain evidence necessary to support our clients’ cases.
At Bolt Burdon Kemp, we appreciate the difference that financial support can make, and prioritise obtaining interim payments of compensation as early as possible, to help clients with their commitments, whether this be paying for their home, equipment, treatment or care.