As anybody who has been injured in an accident at work knows, you may need to take time off to recover from your injuries. Obviously, the amount of time you’ll need to recover depends on the severity of your injuries – for example you may only need a week or two to fully recover from whiplash, whilst for a severe head injury, you may need months of rest and rehabilitation.
Accident Advice Helpline recently commissioned a survey which has revealed the average time off work due to injury. It may come as a surprise to learn that the average time taken is actually 0.55 weeks – almost 81% of people who responded to our survey took no time at all off work, with just under 6% taking a week off. But why is this figure so low?
Fear of the consequences
As a nation it seems we’re programmed to ‘carry on’ when things are going wrong, with most of us returning to work almost immediately or very quickly after an accident, not wanting to make a fuss. Around 4% of people surveyed took 2 weeks off after an accident, with only 0.2% taking 5 weeks off and just over 2% taking 7 weeks or more off work. The average time off work due to injury could be low because many of us worry about taking time off and what our employers will think. Money factors into the equation too, as almost 45% of people who responded to our survey said they were worried about receiving pay during their time off.
You may receive full pay for a short time, after which you could receive just statutory sick pay (SSP) which isn’t likely to be enough to cover your living costs. But you shouldn’t have to return to work before you feel ready, and that’s why making a personal injury claim could be a wise move. You could be compensated not only for your pain and suffering, but also for financial losses, such as loss of earnings and the cost of travelling to medical appointments or prescription medication.
Claiming the compensation you deserve
With the average time off work due to injury so low, we want to encourage people to make a personal injury claim if they’ve been a victim of somebody else’s negligence at work. If your employer is at fault for your accident, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you could make a 100% no win, no fee* personal injury claim. It’s free to call and we are open 24/7.
Date Published: July 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton