If you’ve had an accident at work, the last thing you want to be panicking about is arguing with your employer about how long you are allowed off or worrying about losing your job.
If you’ve been involved in a serious work-related accident or you have sustained an office injury or illness, which is preventing you from working, Accident Advice Helpline is there to advise and support you.
How long am I allowed off after an injury and who determines the length of leave?
If you’ve been injured at work, it’s important to know where you stand in terms of how much time you are allowed off and who determines the length of your sick leave.
Employers are legally required to report work accidents and must provide details of death, major injuries, disease and any injury that prevents an employee from working for more than three consecutive days. All businesses are required to keep an accident book, which should contain records of any accidents or injuries, no matter how minor.
In most cases, the severity of the injury will dictate how long an individual has off work. You can self-certify for seven days, but after this, you must have a doctor’s note that states you are unfit for work.
In the case that you are off work for more than four weeks, you will be considered on long-term sick leave.
It is essential that you check your employment contract to see how much time off you are entitled to and what your rights are in terms of returning to work and future employment.
Most employers in the UK will offer Statutory Sick Pay after a period of time. If you are in a position where you need to take more than seven days off you will need a fit note, previously known as a sick note, from your GP, which states that you are unfit to attend work.
You should check your contract and terms of employment to see if the company or organisation you work for offers its own sick pay scheme.
After four weeks, individuals are classed as being on long-term sick leave and employers have the right to terminate their work contract; however, they must first try to make arrangements for the individual to return to work if this is at all possible. This may relate to changing hours, switching roles within the company or making the working environment more accessible.
When you are forced to take a long time off work, this can have a damaging impact on your household income and work accident compensation can help to cover loss of earnings.
If you have been injured at work in the last three years and you have evidence to prove that you were not culpable, our expert personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a successful work injury claim.
Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisers.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice