We’re all for gender equality in the workplace – equal pay and equal rights for men and women are important. But when it comes to accidents at work, we were curious to find out whether men or women were more likely to be injured. A recent survey commissioned by Accident Advice Helpline revealed that men are slightly more likely to suffer an injury at work than women, with almost 18% of men and just over 13% of women who responded having been injured in a workplace accident.
The types of accidents varied between the sexes too, with more men than women injured after a fall from height (almost 5% of men versus 0% of women) and men also almost twice as likely to suffer manual handling injuries, with 23% of men versus almost 12% of women reporting this type of injury.
Women were more likely to suffer an injury at work after a slip, trip or fall, with almost 44% of women reporting this type of injury (and just 34% of men). Injuries sustained in a workplace accident can range from minor injuries such as cuts and bruises to serious head and spinal injuries which could lead to permanent mental and physical disability. But you don’t need to have been seriously injured to be eligible to make a personal injury claim. Many people avoid claiming because they fear their injuries aren’t severe enough. But if somebody else, such as your employer, is to blame for your accident, you could make a claim for compensation within three years of your accident, regardless of the type of injuries you have sustained.
100% no win, no fee*
Another common reason for not making a claim after an injury at work is the worry of legal fees. The good news is that Accident Advice Helpline’s personal injury lawyers all work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so there are no upfront fees to pay – no fee*s at all, unless your claim is successful. We have over 15 years’ experience helping people claim compensation for a variety of different types of accidents and we’ve helped hundreds of employees claim compensation for accidents at work. You can get in touch with us today to find out if you could be next in line to make a personal injury claim by calling us on 0800 689 0500. It’s free to call and get no-obligation advice from our expert team of advisors.
Date Published: July 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton