Accident at work and industrial disease claims - frequently asked questions
Our FAQs below give the answers to the most commonly asked questions about accidents at work and workplace illness cases. Of course, you can contact us or request a callback at the top of the screen to discuss your personal circumstances as well.
I was injured at work. Can my employer dismiss me for making a claim?
No, your employer cannot legally dismiss you because you have made a claim against them. It is illegal for an employer to fire one of their employees if they are injured at work, and subsequently, make a compensation claim against them.
This means that anyone who needs to make a claim against their employer as a result of an accident at work can do so without worrying about the consequences or fearing the negative implications of taking legal action.
From an employer’s perspective, dismissing a worker for making a claim can be damaging and would only increase the chances that they would have to pay out compensation. Employees are fully within their rights to claim for compensation should they sustain injuries as a result of an accident in the workplace.
We understand that taking legal action against your employer can cause stress and anxiety, especially when your future career is concerned. However, if you’ve sustained an injury at work which has either prevented you from working or generally hindered your enjoyment of life, we believe that it’s only right you claim the compensation you deserve.
Furthermore, you are protected by law, so no matter how aggrieved your employer may feel about you taking legal action, they cannot dismiss you from your role for doing so.
If you have any questions about making a claim against your employer, following an accident in the workplace that wasn’t your fault, then you can get free, impartial advice from our experts, who will be more than happy to help you.
I’ve been injured at work. Can I claim?
Workplace injuries are surprisingly common and often occur due to carelessness on the employer’s behalf. We offer free and impartial advice over the phone and we’re more than happy to assess the details of your case and advise you on whether you would be able to make a claim.
Our panel of solicitors includes experts in workplace accidents, who have helped clients successfully claim compensation for their injuries. Solicitors who specialise in workplace injury cases are the best people to advise you on taking legal action.
With these types of claims, there is usually a three year time limit, so it’s recommended to start your claim sooner rather than later. Additionally, the more recent the accident, the more likely you are to remember specific details relating to the accident, which could help you make your claim.
Need more answers? We explain more about accidents at work.
I am nervous about pursuing a claim against my employers
It’s understandable that you might feel anxious about bringing a claim against your employer. You might worry about losing your job or, if forced to take leave in order to recover from your injury, you may be concerned that you’ll not be able to return to your former role.
Many people are concerned that their employer will be so aggrieved about their decision to make a claim due to an accident at work that they will terminate their employment. However, taking this sort of action against any employee making a claim is actually illegal.
If your boss does decide to terminate your contract after finding out about your claim, you also have reasonable grounds to start unfair dismissal proceedings against them, which would potentially cause further damage to their reputation.
Should you fall victim to an accident at work, you shouldn’t have to worry about what your employer would think about you making a claim. It’s their responsibility to ensure that your workplace is a safe, clean environment that is free from hazards which could harm your health and wellbeing.
With one of our solicitors by your side, making a claim against your employer won’t be a problem and you can be rest assured that your case is in the best possible hands. Our solicitors understand that many people have these concerns regarding their employers, and will always deal with your case sympathetically.
Can I claim for loss of wages due to an accident at work?
Yes, you can claim for any wages you have lost if you’ve been unable to work due to an accident at work.
Often the injury or illness you’ve suffered can mean taking time off work to recover and compensation can include money that you would have earned if you’d been able to attend work as normal. Our guide, ‘Loss of earnings due to an accident’ explains more.
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