The Scottish Government has been warned it could face paying out millions in lawsuits after the removal of automatic compensation for injured workers. The bill could cost more than £11 million according to Aidan O’Neill QC and comes as plans are being made to change a Holyrood bill to stop people being given automatic compensation for injuries at work related to a breech in safety regulations. The move has been introduced by UK Business Secretary Vince Cable through the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act but may have repercussions for employees as well as the government.
Under the old laws, employees were automatically entitled to compensation if they were victims of an accident caused by a breach in safety rules. However, the new changes to legislation mean that employees would have to state what their company had done wrong and would also have to prove that a breach had taken place or machinery was faulty. The Scottish Government may have an influx of lawsuits as a result of injured workers being denied automatic compensation. This is because Holyrood would not be upholding European Law and it could result in individual claims worth much more than £2,000.
Compensation for workplace injuries
Injured workers have the right to compensation if there has been a breach in health and safety regulations as this means the accident is the fault of employers and could have been prevented. Your accident may be a simple slip, trip or fall caused by failure to signpost wet floors or failure to move objects from walkways or doorways. However, it could be more serious such as a chemical spill or burn. The Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make a claim for a cash payout should you suffer an injury at work that is the fault of someone else.
Calling us for help
Accident Advice Helpline is available to call 24/7 so you can call us as soon as the accident occurs. If you have been injured, some compensation may help you if you have been forced to take time off work or have unforeseen costs associated with your injury. Call to discuss your case with our team and benefit from our no win, no fee* policy which ensures there are no upfront costs to you if you make your claim with us.