Understandably, many people feel nervous at the thought of suing their employer. There is the threat of recriminations to think about, as well as the possibility that we will lose the case and then perhaps our job altogether.
Then there is the perception that we couldn’t possibly win against a huge corporate company with a team of lawyers on the case. But in actual fact, most businesses prepare for the possibility to being sued, even expect it, and the law protects employees against recriminations by employers in many cases.
Before preparing your case
Before you decide to sue your employer, familiarise yourself with company procedures. There may be a grievance process for you to use before resorting to the law, and following this procedure will be appreciated. Perhaps you will be able to solve the problem outside of the courts.
If this doesn’t satisfy you, however, gather your evidence. Solid evidence and witness statements may be necessary. If it’s not possible to provide these, take photographs or write down a journal of events. Remember: suing your employer should be your last resort, but if there is really nothing else you can do to change the situation, then the law can help you to receive the compensation you are due.
The law exists to protect workers’ rights, but if no employee ever stood up to point out that their employer was in violation of the law, then it simply couldn’t function. It is perfectly fair to sue your employer; what isn’t fair is their flagrant violation of the law.
What to do if you have been injured as a result of employer negligence
If you have been injured at work through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. For more information about this legal provision, and to discuss your own particular situation in detail, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. We are a law firm which specialises in cases of personal injury.
We are proud to have the endorsement of TV personality and consumer champion Esther Rantzen, who firmly believes that accident victims should never have to pay for someone else’s incompetence or negligence. For a very quick guide to your eligibility, check our 30-second online claim calculator. If you choose to go ahead, your claim can most likely be made without the need to personally attend court.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown