It can be nerve-wracking to contemplate making a claim for compensation after you have been injured due to a colleague’s negligence. If the injury was an accident then you may feel it would be somehow rude or ungracious to claim for compensation.
You may also fear that it could damage your working relationship, or provoke recriminations from your employer. But in fact your colleague’s negligence is always your employer’s responsibility, and the law should protect you from recriminations.
Why make a claim for compensation for colleague negligence?
Personal injury compensation is designed to help those who have suffered financially due to an injury caused by someone else’s negligence. It is not designed to ‘punish’ the person who has caused the injury, but only to recompense the person who has suffered. Although you may have forgiven the person who caused your injury, and may be happy to continue working with them, you shouldn’t have to deal with the financial burden of your injury by yourself.
Legally, the negligence of your colleague is considered to be your employer’s fault. They should have chosen an appropriate person for the job, fully trained that person, and then effectively supervised them so that injuries would not occur to other members of staff. Most businesses have insurance to deal with these situations as they occur frequently.
Claiming for personal injury compensation
If you’d like to discuss your options in more detail, call our professional advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. Calls to the helpline are fully confidential, and there is no obligation to continue with a claim simply by making a call. The advisers will be able to help you decide if a claim would be appropriate and likely to succeed. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so feel free to call whenever is convenient.
We are a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation with the endorsement of TV personality Esther Rantzen. Esther has vast and varied experience of the business world, corporate life, and the needs of the public, and she has personally investigated our work, confirming that we are ‘indeed fighting on behalf of innocent victims who would otherwise not receive the compensation they deserve.’
For more information about Accident Advice Helpline, personal injury compensation, and the work of Esther Rantzen, visit our website. There, you’ll also be able to use our 30-second claim calculator as a guide to your eligibility.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown