Making an office accident claim – the facts and myths
Have you been injured in the office? You are not alone. The office environment looks very innocent and many people assume that it is an intrinsically safe place. But office workers spend around 40 hours a week in that one space and there is a long list of potential hazards in the office.
Many incidents can lead to an office accident claim, but many office workers are worried that the cost of making an office accident claim is too high, not just in terms of money but also in esteem with colleagues, retribution from managers and potential loss of promotion prospects or a good reference. Below, we take each of these problems in turn and look at the facts and myths of making an office accident claim.
The cost of an office accident claim – how much money are you risking?
The good news is that you are not risking a penny. Accident Advice Helpline offers every client a no-win, no-fee guarantee. That mean that you have no upfront fees to pay to make your claim. No fees are due until your compensation is awarded. So you have no financial risk at any point
What will your colleagues think?
You can only be the best judge of how your colleagues will react, if you tell them. Remember that your employer is obliged to keep your case confidential, so if your colleagues know, it should be because you have chosen to talk about your claim. Many of our clients feel that their employer should have looked after them and their environment more carefully. If you feel this, it is likely that your colleagues take the same view and they may actually be pleased that you are taking a stand.
Will your managers look for revenge?
It is a myth that anyone making an office accident claim will suffer from some kind of punishment by their manager. Employment Law protects you from any retribution from your manager and employer. They are not allowed to treat you any differently on the grounds of you making a claim. If you feel that you are being discriminated against on the grounds of having made a claim, you can use Employment Law to fight your corner. But very few of our clients have reported any serious problems with their manager. This is generally more of a worry than a truth.
Will you lose future promotion prospects?
While some people who make work related accident claims may feel they are less likely to secure a future promotion, there is no evidence to suggest that this is true. When your employer goes through a promotion process, the decision they make should be rigorous and justifiable. If you feel that you didn’t receive promotion because of your claim, ask your manager for feedback on the promotion process. They should give you constructive comments on why you were unsuccessful and what areas you could develop to increase your chances in future.
Will you receive a bad reference or will it mention your office accident claim?
Your employer is not allowed to give you a poor reference. Many employers will give consent for you to view your reference. Your employer is also not allowed to disclose that you have made a claim while in their employment. If you need to make an office accident claim, don’t be put off by unfounded worries. Take the first step today and call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 – or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 17th June 2013