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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Taking a sick day: Contagious diseases


    Every so often, when things get a little tough at work, we can find ourselves wishing for a sneaky sick day. Yet, generally speaking, when one does come along it can remind us just how horrific genuine illness can be.

    The latest information from the Labour Force Survey reports that 28.2 million working days were lost in 2013/14. More specifically, 23.5 million days were lost due to work-related ill health and 4.7 million due to accidents at work.

    Contagious diseases and your part in reducing work-related illness

    Knowing whether to stick it out or call in sick can be somewhat of a grey area, but if you suspect you have one of many contagious diseases, it is necessary to bite the bullet and contain the illness by staying at home.

    When you are carrying a viral or bacterial illness and head in to work, you are exposing your team members to the disease you are carrying. Sequentially, they will then go on to infect others leading to a mass work-place illness.

    Although you may feel guilty, staying at home when you are ill keeps your co-workers from contracting your illness, minimising the risk of them becoming ill and reducing the number of missed working days.

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    It is likely that some members of the workforce may have weakened immune systems because of existing medical conditions, pregnancy or treatment such as radiotherapy. By staying at home, you are also protecting them from an illness they may find insufferable.

    Common contagious diseases include, but are not limited to:

    • Flu or severe cold
    • Tonsillitis
    • Sinusitis
    • Conjunctivitis
    • Skin infections
    • Chicken pox

    Accident Advice Helpline

    If you have been involved in an accident at work or have contracted a work-related illness, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim the compensation you deserve for the distress you have experienced.

    With years of experience and a nationwide team of specialists available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you can be sure that your work-related compensation claim is in expert hands.

    When you speak to one of our professional specialists, you will be advised of the best course of action to take, with no pressure to pursue your case further.

    Call today on 0800 689 0500 for your free initial consultation, or complete our 30-second test online, which will determine your eligibility to claim personal injury compensation.

    Date Published: July 22, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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