Workplace accidents leading to injuries can and do happen. If you have been the victim of an injury while at work, you have every right to claim; furthermore, there are many reasons why you shouldn’t be put off from making a work injury claim.
There are many good reasons why you should make a claim for compensation if you are injured carrying out your work. It isn’t just that you are recompensed for your hurt and suffering; your injury may have led to you having to take time off work recovering, leading to a loss of earnings. Part of your compensation will be to help you to recoup those losses. There may also be other expenses incurred, such as prescription charges, as well as the cost of travel to and from your doctor’s surgery or the outpatients department at your local hospital.
In more serious cases there may be the expenses of recuperation or having your home adapted if you have been left with a disability. You might not be able to work again; therefore, a work injury claim may be needed to produce the funds to keep you for the rest of your life.
Despite all these good reasons for making a claim after suffering a work injury, some people are still loath to do so.
One reason why you may be put off making such a claim is that you fear you may lose your job. This is a fallacy. You cannot be fired because you claimed against your employer because you were injured while at work, and it would be unlawful for you to be dismissed. If the company had the audacity to sack you, it could then be faced with an unfair dismissal claim that would see it having to pay out compensation.
Another reason why you might not want to make an injury at work claim against your employer is because you fear that a big compensation award could close the firm down, leaving you and your workmates unemployed. This is another fallacy because employers are obliged to have insurance cover in case you or your colleagues suffer accidents and injury in the workplace. If you win your work injury claim, it will therefore be the insurer that actually pays out and not the company you work for.
There is also a personal angle that might prevent you from making the decision to make the injury at work claim. You may get on well with your employer; indeed, you may even count him or her as a friend. This should not prevent you from making a claim, and your employer should understand this.
Before making a claim it is best to seek legal advice. At Accident Advice Helpline we have solicitors who are experienced in dealing with work injury claims. If you have grounds for a claim we will represent you on a no-win, no-fee basis, which means that you do not have to pay a fee to commence your claim.
Date Published: October 14, 2013
Author: David Brown