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11 May 2010 / personal-injury-news
National Accident Helpline commends a Government consultation to help people injured at work. The proposed creation of an Employers’ Liability Tracing Office would help people track down their employers’ liability insurance policies via an electronic database.
An additional Employers’ Liability Insurance Bureau would provide last resort compensation for those who are unable to trace them.
Diseases can appear years after exposure to their cause. When this happens and an employee needs to claim against a former workplace the insurance details may have been lost or the business is no longer trading.
Beth Powell, consumer director of injury claims service National Accident Helpline, said: “More than 15,000 people a year contact us after accidents and injuries at work. These include lifting and handling, industrial diseases like asbestosis, and slips and trips often due to inadequate safety equipment, lack of training or hazards left unattended.
“Employees should not worry about being fired as a result of making a workplace claim. It is against the law to fire someone for this. Successful claims are usually covered by an employer’s liability insurance, rather than impacting an organisation’s bank balance.
“Workplace injuries can involve time off work to recover, potential lost earnings and in some cases, the need for long-term rehabilitation. The aim of the consultation is therefore very welcome.”
National Accident Helpline has developed a website dedicated to accidents at work. The website describes injuries and their symptoms and gives potential claimants advice about the claims process. Anyone who feels that they or someone they know may be able to claim against their employer for an injury or accident can call 0800 279 8263 or visit the above site.
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