Taking the steps to make a compensation claim for a work accident is a brave decision that many will spend time deliberating over. Many victims who suffer work-related injuries suffer in silence, worried that their job and relationship with their employer will be in jeopardy, as well as the lives of the people who are to blame. Many want justice and compensation for the accident at work they had to endure, but most do not want any ill to come to an employer that was the cause of the accident, whether it was caused by under-staffing, lack of knowledge about health and safety or other reasons.
Will my employer go to prison if I make a work accident claim against them?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question, because it truly does depend on what claim is being made against them and what the judge of the case believes to be justice. Usually, a work injury such as a repetitive strain injury, white finger, or a broken bone caused by a falling object in a warehouse will usually be seen as a health and safety issue that needs addressing by the employer, and a compensation amount is requested by the judge to be paid to the victim. Not all cases are as cut and dried, though. For example, when a life is lost through pure negligence by the employer, and perhaps, a negligence that is absolutely unnecessary and unacceptable, a judge may feel that asking for an amount of compensation is not enough, as there isn’t any amount of money that can compensate for a loss of life. In cases like these, where a work place accident has severe consequences and due to unacceptable levels of negligence, a judge may feel a custodial sentence is required.
Making a compensation claim against your employer
Making a claim for work injury compensation against your employer doesn’t have to be a journey you travel alone. Accident Advice Helpline and our team of trained, expert solicitors are on hand 24 hours a day to help you with your claim from start to finish, and we will ensure you get the compensation you deserve. We do all of the hard work for you and if there is no win, we take no fee*.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown