If you have a slip, trip or fall whilst in the office and you make a claim you may worry about what your colleagues might think of you or what your boss might say when you get back. You may even be worried that the office may judge you for making a slip, trip and fall claim.
Does my manager have any right to tell the office I am making a slip, trip or fall claim?
The simple answer to this is no. Unless any of the colleagues are directly involved in the claim, such as a witness, there is no reason why they should know; this is a confidential thing between your employer and you and should not be spread around like office gossip.
How about if I think my manager has told my team I am making a fall claim?
The right thing to do is speak to your union rep about this and find out what exactly your rights are regarding confidentiality and this case. If you find that this information should not have been spread around or you aren’t happy about your work colleagues knowing about the slip, trip or fall claim confront your boss quietly.
Tell them about your fears and why you feel it would be better if your team does not know about this. If you are worried about doing this get a friend or your union rep to come along for moral support. Your boss should support your concerns and be understanding, but if they aren’t, don’t be afraid to take it higher.
How to face an office that knows about your slip, trip or fall claim?
The most important thing to do when you return to work is to not feel ashamed or embarrassed about the claim. After all, the company was at fault and your slip, trip or fall could have caused a serious injury and caused you to take some time off work so you have every right to make a claim.
So hold your head high and walk into the office as if nothing is different. If you don’t want to discuss the claim with anyone then don’t and if it comes up in conversation then explain you don’t want to talk about it.
If you do have a slip, trip or fall which wasn’t you fault you have every right to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out more on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: February 27, 2014
Author: David Brown