Working is a part of life for the vast majority of us. Employment brings in wages, which in turn allow us to purchase all of the goods needed in day-to-day life, as well as allowing us the occasional treat, such as a holiday. So, it’s understandable that some are reluctant to process a compensation claim for an accident at work for fear of major repercussions.
Can claiming for a work-based accident get me sacked?
No. It is an offence for an employer to sack a member of staff based on a work accident claim. No matter how long you have been at a certain place of work you are free to pursue a claim if you feel you have been injured as a result of actions that weren’t your own fault. It’s true that the rights of people who have been employed for less than 12 months may differ, but it is not acceptable to be dismissed as the result of a claim.
If you are, or suspect you have been, sacked as the result of a work-based injury claim, it is possible to take your employer to an employment tribunal on the grounds of unfair dismissal. This can result in hefty fines for employers and allow you to return to your place of work or receive compensation.
But I don’t want to harm my employer, what should I do?
It’s completely understandable to be reluctant to inflict financial woe on your employer; after all your employer has most likely looked after you and provided you with training. But, it’s worth remembering that all employers must have insurance to cover their workers in the event of a work accident. Any compensation you obtain will come through this, which means that your employers’ financial situation shouldn’t be altered greatly.
The last thing anybody needs is a work injury, but in the event that you are unfortunate enough to suffer one there should be no qualms about seeking compensation. It’s a commonly held view that taking action against your employer could put your career in jeopardy, but the fact remains that you cannot be sacked for doing so. So if you have been hurt at work through no fault of your own, there is no need to suffer in silence.
Date Published: September 17, 2013
Author: David Brown