Is there a work injury compensation act in the UK?
Accidents at work do happen. Ranging from slips, trips and falls to construction accidents, industrial deafness and repetitive strain injury, your employer has a responsibility to you as their employee to ensure that your working environment and job are as safe as possible.
Whilst there is no specific work injury compensation act in the UK, workers are still heavily protected to ensure that in cases of negligence they are able to receive compensation quickly and easily. If you have run an internet search for a work injury compensation act, you may have come across some results, but these may well apply to a different country.
What measures are in place to protect UK workers from personal injury?
Instead of a work injury compensation act, UK employees are protected by personal injury laws to ensure that if you suffer an accident or injury at work caused by employer negligence, you will be able to claim for compensation. Compensation for an accident at work takes into account a number of factors to ensure that you are protected, including:
- The type and severity of your injury. For example, a brain injury as a result of a fall will likely be considered more severe than a minor sprain;
- Loss of earnings if you are unable to work for a period of time due to your injuries. This may be short, long-term or permanent. Your specific situation will be taken into account with future promotions, interest rates and pension contributions considered;
- Expenses, which may include medical bills, specialist treatment costs, care costs and travel to and from medical appointments. Care expenses can even apply if it is a friend or family member looking after you; and
- Loss of holiday, if you are unable to go away as a result of your accident.
How to make a claim for an accident at work
If your accident at work was caused as a result of your employer’s negligence, happened within the past three years and resulted in the need for medical attention, then you should pursue your right to claim as soon as possible. Accidents at work may include:
- Industrial deafness;
- Repetitive strain injury;
- Work-induced stress;
- Back problems;
- Construction accidents;
- Asbestos-related illness; and
- Vibration white finger.
Your accident type will likely be influenced by your job role and working environment, but in all cases your employer has a duty of care to ensure that all risks are minimised as much as possible by following health and safety guidelines.
If they fail to do this and an accident is caused as a result, you should get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline by calling our advice line on 0800 689 0500, or by filling out our short online claim form. All cases are progressed on a no-win, no-fee* basis by personal injury experts.