It is an unfortunate but ultimately inescapable fact that people in the past, the present and most likely in the future will seek to abuse the compensation system.
Does this mean that you should be less forthright when it comes to making a claim? Of course not. It simply means you need to ensure your claim is valid.
Work compensation is not a dirty concept, far from it. In fact, financial recompense in the aftermath of an accident at work can be hugely beneficial in both a monetary and self esteem sense for those who have suffered injuries at work.
Whether you work in construction, an industry that, according to figures from the Health and Safety Executive, leads the way year after year in terms of reported accidents at work, or are in an office-based role, the onus is on your employers to ensure that your working environment is as safe as possible.
Why I should not be afraid of mentioning work compensation?
Rather than shying away from the issue, you should be confident in knowing your rights. Essentially, a valid claim for work accident compensation will concern a case where:
– The incident has occurred within the last three years. There are exceptions to this rule, such as illnesses incurred in later life through things like asbestos poisoning, but three years is the general time frame.
– The subsequent injuries required medical attention. It stands to reason that the greater the severity of the injuries, the greater the amount of compensation paid out. However, this should not lead to a temptation to exaggerate the impact or severity of any suffering. Embellished claims are easily spotted and given short shrift.
– The incident occurring was the fault of someone else. From improperly maintained machinery to a negligence of health and safety laws, there are all kinds of reasons accidents at work occur. The key is proving them.
Who can help with my claim for work accident compensation?
Fortunately, help is at hand courtesy of the experts at Accident Advice Helpline. A law firm with over 13 years experience in personal injury claims, including car crash claims and slips, trips, and falls as well as injuries in the workplace, they can take your case every step of the way.
Working on a no-win, no-fee* basis, they are usually able to settle out of court and come with the Esther Rantzen seal of approval.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown