Injured at work: what are my rights?
We want to give you an overview on your rights after a work-related injury. Our solicitors are experts in helping individuals claim compensation for their injuries. Call us now on freephone 0800 083 5045
Right to medical treatment
If you have been involved in an accident and feel unwell, you have the right to seek medical treatment, no matter how minor the accident may seem. Make sure you visit your GP or local A&E department. They will be able to advise you on necessary medical treatment and sick leave.
Right to withhold your signature
Make sure you record the details of the accident in your employer’s accident book yourself. If you are asked to sign a report, you have the right to withhold your signature and seek legal advice first. We advise you to make use of this right and not sign any reports without the consent of your legal representative. For free legal advice, call us now on freephone 0800 083 5045.
Right to statutory sick pay (SSP)
Your employer is not obliged to pay you your full salary if you are sick. However, you have the right to SSP. If you are unable to work more than 4 consecutive days, make sure your employer has registered you for SSP.
Right to attend medical appointments and to fully recover
You have the right to a full recovery. If your employer puts you under pressure to come back to work sooner than you feel able to, you should seek legal advice.
If you feel you could return to work but only on lighter duties instead of the work you usually do, talk to your employer. If possible, your employer must accommodate you in a suitable environment.
Right to claim compensation
If your accident or injury was due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to claim compensation from that person’s or company’s insurance. Your compensation claim could include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings
- House modifications
- Rehabilitation and treatment
- Learning new skills
Your employer is not allowed to dismiss you or treat you any differently because of your compensation claim. If your employer is not accepting your right to claim compensation, contact us for free legal advice 0800 083 5045.
Usually, the time limit to make a claim for personal injury after an accident at work is three years from the date of the accident. However, there are some variations to these time limits:
- Claiming on behalf of a loved one who passed away from an injury at work: three years from the date of death
- Claiming on behalf of a loved one who lacks mental capacity: no time limit
- Accident happened while working abroad: Different time limits may apply. Contact us now for expert legal advice.
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