Making a work accident claim can be a stressful and daunting time. You may still be recovering from your accident at work so this will make things harder during the process. However, one feeling you may not realise is often felt during the claims process is guilt.
Why does guilt play a part in work accident claims?
If you have been working for a company for a long time and have built a good rapport with management and your colleagues it can be difficult to raise a work accident claim even if you know your company is liable for your work injury. You may feel guilty about claiming against a company you respect and this can become a big factor especially if the case goes to court.
Should you feel guilty about making a work accident claim?
The simple answer is no. If the company you work for are partly or wholly to blame for accidents at work then it is only fair to receive compensation. This particular work injury could have caused you to take time off work which may have lead to loss of earnings and the inability to pay bills or your mortgage so the company should compensate for these losses.
If the company you work with respect you then they will not take this personally and will just deal with it in a professional manner. It should not affect your working relationship if the company is doing its job right.
If you feel you are being discriminated against either during or after your work accident claim then you should discuss this with your boss or seek advice from your trade union representative or the citizen’s advice bureau.
Whether you feel bad about the idea of making a work accident claim or not, if you have sustained a work injury within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you are well within your rights to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline specialises in accident claims such as work injuries and with years of experience, our team of lawyers will make the claims process as simple and stress free as possible. In fact, many clients are able to settle their work accident claim without having to step foot in a court room.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more.