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Statutory sick pay: recovering lost earnings

If you are on statutory sick pay (SSP) but your accident was work related and due to someone else’s negligence, you can claim compensation. Contact us for free legal advice from our expert solicitors.

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Statutory sick pay

In the UK, you have the right to receive statutory sick pay (SSP) if the following applies:

  • You are employed (including agency work or temporary employment).
  • Your income exceeds £111 per week.
  • You have reported your sickness or injury to your employer.
  • You were unable to attend work for at least 4 consecutive days.

SSP is available for a maximum of 28 weeks and it is currently rated less than £100 per week. For many employees this leads to a severe drop in income and can create serious problems when it comes to paying bills and covering fixed monthly costs.

While your employer is not obliged to pay you your full salary, you can claim compensation for your loss of earnings, if your accident was caused due to someone else's negligence. Read more about your employer's obligations.

Recovering lost earnings

If your accident or injury was caused due to someone else's negligence your compensation claim can include the loss of earnings.

  • If your accident was caused due to an unsafe work environment, you will claim from your employer's liability insurance.
  • If your accident was caused due to someone else's fault, e.g. if you have been involved in a car accident, you will claim from that person's insurance.

So, if you are on statutory sick pay (SSP) but your accident was due to someone else's negligence, you can claim compensation for your loss of earnings. Contact us for free legal advice from our expert solicitors.

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