Couple struggle to get injury benefit

NEAALM110228C1 - Brian Enever and Wife Janet Enever. Brian is still suffering back and neck pain after 2 car accidents he was involved in 2 years ago
NEAALM110228C1 - Brian Enever and Wife Janet Enever. Brian is still suffering back and neck pain after 2 car accidents he was involved in 2 years ago

A PENSIONER involved in two motorway crashes has lodged an appeal after being told he no longer qualifies for injury benefit.

Brian Enever says he is still suffering back and neck pain after being involved in two crashes in the space of just four months back in 2008, whilst at work in his lorry.

Mr Enever, from Brinsley, received £30 a week injury benefit throughout 2010, and re-applied for it at the beginning of this year, but it was turned down.

His wife, Janet said: “He’s bent over in pain sometimes and he lives on medication. We said ‘has there been some sort of mistake?’

“How can they say how he feels? One of the things it says on the medical form is ‘he walked across the car park fine’. Well, he’s not an invalid,” she said.

The 65-year-old, of Broad Lane, was also told he did not qualify for injury benefit after his first assessments in 2008. But the couple appealed and an employment tribunal awarded payouts of £30 per week for a full year, with the advice to put another claim in if Mr Enever was still suffering.

But last month doctors ruled he did not qualify for a second time, and Mrs Enever has appealed again, and lodged a complaint with the Department for Work and Pensions.

“It’s disgusting,” she said: “He hasn’t had a day’s holiday in his life. He’s a grafter. He even went straight back to work after the accidents.”

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said: “Eligibility is dependant on the outcome of a medical assessment. If someone disagrees with the decision made they have the right to appeal.”