Could you make a personal injury at work successful claim?
Every year a total of 1.2 million people suffer injuries in the workplace so it is not surprising that a large number of the compensation cases that we take on at Accident Advice Helpline involve an injury work claim. Do you think you might have reason to make an injury work claim, or are you not sure? Read on to find out why many people are still reluctant to claim compensation following an accident at work, what your rights are as an employee and how Accident Advice Helpline can assist you.
Why are people reluctant to make a personal injury at work successful claim?
Work-related injury claims can be daunting for some people, due to the nature of the relationship between themselves and their employer. However, it is important to remember that as an employee you have a legal right to claim for compensation and it can often lead to a safer work environment for all members of staff.
Your rights as an employee
If you decide to make an accident claim against your employer, your employment status is protected by law, meaning you cannot be dismissed for a making a claim. According to the UK government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE), you also have the right:
- To work in places where all the risks to your health and safety are properly controlled.
- To stop working and leave the area if you think you are in danger.
- To contact HSE or your local authority if you still have health and safety concerns and not get into trouble.
- To join a trade union and be a safety representative.
- To be paid for time off work which is spent training if you are a safety representative.
- To a rest break of at least 20 minutes if you work more than six hours at a stretch and to an annual period of paid leave.
You might be entitled to compensation
If you have been hurt in the workplace within the last three years or you have developed an illness as a direct result of the job you do, then you may be able to receive compensation as a result of an injury work claim. Accident Advice Helpline’s unique 30-second calculator will give you a good idea of whether or not you qualify for compensation and how much money you could expect to receive.
Accident Advice Helpline and your injury work claim
At Accident Advice Helpline we work on a strictly ‘no win no fee*’ basis and have years of experience in dealing with industrial accident claims and have a dedicated network of over 200 lawyers, many of whom are specialists in dealing with work-related injury claims. To discuss an accident or injury you have incurred at work, call our helpline on 0800 180 4 123. There will be someone on hand to speak to you when you need them, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: Louise Thacker