Taking sick leave vs. quitting your job and how to claim accident at work compensation from your employer
If you are sick or injured and are going to have to take some time off from work, the last thing you want to do is mess your employer around, not telling them when you will be back to work and having them trying to find cover for you for an unstated amount of time. If you think that you are going to be off for a very long time then you really should just leave your job so that you don’t have to worry about returning and not leaving your employer without the staff that they need. If you love your job, though, you may not want to let it go, so here are some ways that you can decide what is the best option for you.
- How long do you need to be off work? If you are going to be off for up to six weeks, you should be able to stay in your job easily, with your employer finding temporary cover for your duties for the time being and you returning as soon as you feel well enough. Anything longer than a couple of months and it may be better to walk away.
- Will your problem recur? With some illnesses and injuries, you can expect the symptoms to recur for years afterwards, sometimes even for the rest of your life. If this is likely to happen to you, and a flare up will make you unable to do your job, it may be better to leave and rethink your career choice.
- What does your employer say? You should sit down and have a frank discussion with your employer about what your situation is and what it is best for you to do at this time. Your employer may have some ideas which can help you with your decision.
- Can you get sickness benefit? You can only get sickness benefit if your doctor says that you are too sick to work. If you can’t get a medical certificate stating this then you should really try to go back to work.
How to claim accident at work compensation from your employer
You should call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out more about accident at work compensation in Cumbria and whether or not you have a good case for a successful claim. This will help you to take longer sick leave if you were injured at work, which will allow you to fully recover before you need to go back.
The helpline has plenty of experience with accident at work compensation in Cumbria and will provide you with an experienced personal injury lawyer, who will work with you on a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ basis. This lawyer will also work entirely on your behalf to get you the accident at work compensation in Cumbria that you deserve.