Health and social care-related claims are claims that are made in relation to the integrated services available from health and social care providers. These include human health activities, residential care activities and social work activities without accommodation.
If you work in this field and have been the victim of an accident or have developed an illness as a direct result of doing so, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have a host of trained staff members who can guide you through the process of making a health and social care-related claim.
Health and social care in the United Kingdom
Employers in the health and social care industry are required to report any type of injury or occupational disease that arises in connection with work. The Health and Safety Executive have published a report based on these, which reveals the following for the past year:
- The sector lost about five million working days due to self-reported work-related injuries and illnesses. This is higher than in any other sector; and
- Around 90% of those lost days were due to work-related illness rather than injury.
The most common causes of major injuries in the health and social care sector over the last five years were slips, trips and falls, handling, and assault, the latter of which accounted for 13% of injuries. In a recent case, a healthcare worker won a claim after he was injured when trying to help a colleague who was being assaulted by a patient.
It is important to remember that work-related illnesses account for the larger part of health and social care-related claims. In terms of work-related illnesses in the health and social care services, stress was listed as the biggest contributing factor. Strong peer support and good management can be essential in helping to prevent a stress-related burnout in this line of work. Unfortunately, the incidence rate of injuries is still far too high.
Making a health and social care-related claim
If an employer in the health and social care services has failed to meet established safety standards and this has resulted in an accident or work-related illness, here at Accident Advice Helpline we can assist you in making a personal injury compensation claim.
We have well-trained staff to help you to understand the complex issues surrounding a claim of this kind. Phone our free 24-hour legal helpline on 0800 689 0500 and let our team guide you through the process of making a compensation claim. There is no need to worry about the cost, as all of our solicitors work on a 100% no win no fee* basis.
You can also try our quick test at the top of the page to find out how much your compensation claim may be worth. It only takes 30 seconds to complete. Call Accident Advice Helpline and speak to us about starting your compensation claim today.