Have you had a serious accident at work?
Have you had an accident at work? Do you have questions about an accident at work? Not sure who to ask? Need reliable answers and support? You’re not the only one who has accident at work questions.
Frequently asked questions about accidents at work
Here are the two most frequently asked questions we receive on our helpline everyday.
What kind of work injuries can I claim compensation for?
Compensation claims can cover any injury that you sustained at work which should have been prevented by your employer or someone else in your workplace. Some of the most common work injuries we support clients with include:
- Slips, trips and falls at work
- Manual handling and lifting injuries
- Falls from height
- Injuries involving machinery, including faulty or poorly maintained machinery and improper use of machinery
- Specific industrial injuries, including vibration white finger or hand arm vibration syndrome and repetitive strain injury
- Exposure to hazardous substances
These are only the most common cases – we support any work-based injury claim where your injury has been caused by someone else’s actions or negligence.
If I claim work injury compensation, will I have to change jobs?
By far the most common concern our clients have is the impact of a work injury compensation claim on their relationship with their employer and their future employment prospects. There are two aspects to this.
Firstly, many employers rely on the myth that if you claim compensation for their wrongdoing, there will be some kind of revenge or payback further down the line. It is in your employer’s interests for you to be intimidated, keep quiet and not make a fuss. After all, your employer is not just worried about the compensation payment, they have to stay on the right side of the Health and Safety Executive and reporting a serious injury at work doesn’t look good on their record. But look at the flip side. You may have suffered an injury that will have an impact on your ability to work, your home life and the quality of your life for a significant time. You need to make sure that you are not financially disadvantaged simply because they didn’t look out for your wellbeing. On top of this, if you have been injured, isn’t it likely that you won’t be the only one?
Secondly, there are specific laws in place to make sure that your employer is not able to make decisions based on your claim. This means that you can’t be victimised without them breaking Employment Law. So there is no rational reason to assume that there will be problems for you at work, or that you would have to change jobs. Your employer is not permitted to tell future employers about your claim in your reference. Our clients tell us that they found they had nothing to worry about in the end. You may find that the fact you stood up for yourself following your injury actually puts you in a better position at work, in the long term.
If you have had a serious accident at work then ask for help
If you have had an accident at work talk to our friendly advisors on our helpline: 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: 19th August 2013