Accidents at work are more commonplace than we imagine. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported that the all-industry rate for work-related major injuries was 101.5 per 100,000 employees in 2010/11, yet it is their belief that as little as 25 per cent of employee injuries are reported to the HSE each year.
This finding would imply that some employees are worried about the repercussions of making a compensation claim against their employer, unsure of whether it would have an adverse effect on their working relationship.
Should I claim against my employer?
Many people are dubious about claiming for work-related accidents and injuries. Although personal injury claims are often portrayed as a legal war between two parties, this isn’t the case.
The majority of employers have insurance to cover their backs in the case that a worker sustains an occupational injury or illness.
With that in mind, you must consider how long you are likely to be out of work due to your occupational injury and how you will afford to live during your time off work. It may be that you have suffered distress as well as physical injuries, and this needs to be taken into account too.
Simply put, if you have a genuine work-related accident injury, claiming against your employer them will not have a tremendous effect on their budget or cause a fellow colleague to lose their position, for example.
When shouldn’t I claim against my employer?
There are some occasions when work-related accidents are down to our own negligence, and in such cases, where you are unable to prove your employer’s liability, a claim for personal injury compensation is likely to fail.
Stick with genuine claims too. Fabrications often come to light at some point during the claims process, as do false claims. You need to have your injuries or illness documented by a medical professional so there is a reported history of the ailment(s) in question.
Always attempt to discuss issues at work with your employer and give them the chance to rectify any problems you have brought to their attention.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have a genuine case to claim personal injury compensation for a work-related accident, law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, can assist you in retrieving the compensation you deserve for the harm and distress you have endured.
Call today on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation and to determine your eligibility.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice