What is the law governing workers compensation in the UK?
First of all, all workplaces are governed by Employers’ Liability Insurance which any employer must have, to provide cover for unforeseen injuries resulting from accidents where an outcome is a non-fault injury sustained by one or more workers. Secondly, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK sets down industry standards across the board for the majority of working conditions. The HSE regulates health and safety issues and employers are bound by law to report serious or fatal accidents.
What to do if you are seeking workers compensation in the UK
If you have had an injury at work, it still needs to meet the 3 basic criteria to qualify for a compensation claim:
It was not your fault
It happened within 3 years
You had to have medical treatment because of it
Your employer will have certain accident and safety procedures of their own. It could be your accident should be recorded in the accident book, and you may have a designated Safety Officer who should log the details. Either way you should report it to your line manager or appropriate senior person. Companies above a certain size may have to report it to the HSE.
In order to win a claim for worker’s compensation in the UK, you will need to prove the employer’s negligence. This means jotting down your own notes at the time, taking photos, and asking colleagues if they will act as witnesses.
Making a claim for workers compensation in the UK
You will need your medical report and as much evidence as you can gather so your solicitor can prepare your case to make a claim. If you are not sure what to do, talk it through with us here at Accident Advice Helpline. Our friendly, helpful advisers are available on 0800 689 0500
0800 689 0500 or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. The lines are open 24/7 and if we can’t answer your questions straight away we’ll get back to you.
Will I get the sack if I bring a case?
This is a difficult one. Obviously in any situation where one person is suing another, it could put a strain on the relationship. You should remember however that it is your right to be kept safe from harm at work and if you have suffered because of negligence or oversight then it will probably have cost you, and you will need to be recompensed in order to cover your own expenses and loss of income. You should also ask yourself if you would want to continue working for an employer who did not make workers and colleagues safety a top priority.
Date Published: 24th August 2013
Author: David Brown