Is claiming against your employer a good or a bad thing to do?
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, along with our injury lawyers in Woodstock, we have helped many people to make compensation claims against their employers. We suspect, however, that many people fail to lodge a complaint with their employer if they have been hurt in an accident or incident at work.
There are many reasons why making a claim could be a good thing to do
When we are hurt, sometimes we just need to someone to say they are sorry that it happened. If the injury is small, almost inconsequential, then this may be enough. But some of the people with whom we and our injury lawyers in Woodstock have worked have been hurt far more seriously. The impact of their injuries may be life changing – they may have to make physical changes to their homes in order to accommodate their decrease mobility around the home.
Claiming compensation is one way to force acknowledgement that as an employee, you are hurt and in need of financial help.
Clearly, if you have been hurt at work, the health and safety practices and various tasks you are asked to complete as part of your job need to be looked at immediately with a sense of urgency. Any workplace accidents are reported to the Health and Safety Executive, who will scrutinise the details of the accident, looking to prevent any repeat in the future.
They may impose a reprimand, or in some cases a fine on the company, but none of this money will find its way to you in order to offer you financial assistance. You will need to make a claim for compensation so that you are not out of pocket.
But we also recognise that some people are obviously unwilling to make a claim against their employer
- Ruins relationships and possibly careers
Whilst this is an obvious one, you also have to look beyond the confines of relationships and loyalty. Whilst they may pledge their support now, what about in 20 years time when you are still suffering?
Our expert injury lawyers in Woodstock will tell you that claiming for compensation is to set out a formal arrangement in which you receive money which will see you helped in not just the short term, but the longer term as well.
Don’t forget either that once the three-year deadline for making compensation claims has passed, you will not be eligible to make a claim.
If you have been hurt, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to talk through your queries and concerns about making a claim against your employer. We understand, but being detached from the situation we can also offer you some much needed insight.
Date Published: 16th November 2013
Author: David Brown