Is My Job at Risk?
You don’t need to worry about losing your job
If you’re concerned that your claim might affect your work situation, we can put your mind at rest. Even though you’re claiming against your employer, you don’t need to worry about losing your job or being treated any differently.
There are very strict rules on how you must be treated by your employer when you’ve made a claim. Most importantly, it is illegal for your employer dismiss you for making a claim.
Paul Scott had to visit A&E after his accident
I won around £2,500 which helped with my loss of earnings, but the most important thing to me was making sure the company improved their procedures
Work injury claims and the law
The law is very clear about how staff must be treated when they’ve made a compensation claim.
It would be illegal for your employer to dismiss you for claiming compensation after an accident at work. Doing so could amount to unfair dismissal, opening them up to further legal action.
It would also be against the law for your employer to treat you any differently because you’d made a claim.
Along with job security, you may be concerned that making a work injury claim may result in financial difficulties for your employer, particularly if it’s a small business. Again, this is something you don’t need to worry about.
Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees while they are at work. They are required by law to take out employer’s liability insurance to cover the cost of any compensation claims made against them. This means it’s the employer’s insurance company that will pay your compensation if your work injury claim is successful, not your employer.
All employers (except very small businesses) are also required by law to keep a record of workplace accidents. Having this record of your injury will help you if you need to take time off or claim compensation for your injury at a later date.
What to do after a work injury
If you’ve suffered an injury at work, you should make sure the accident has been recorded. Your employer must report serious accidents, for example broken limbs or a scaffolding collapse, to the Health and Safety Executive.
If you decide to claim compensation, you will need to keep hold of any relevant paperwork. This could mean receipts for medical treatment or any correspondence with your employer about your work injury or subsequent time off.
If you’d like to know more about the paperwork you might need, our friendly legal advisors will be happy to talk this through with you.
To find out more about making a work injury claim, speak to one of our advisors today. You can call them for a free, confidential chat on 0800 540 4258 or let us call you back.