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Can I claim for loss of earnings due to an accident at work?

All employers have a duty of care to look after their employees and should take steps to ensure the workplace is safe.

If you’ve suffered from an injury or illness at work because of glitches in equipment, poor health and safety practices, or a dangerous working environment, you may be able to claim for compensation.

An injury or illness at work can often lead to  time off work for recovery. Fortunately, compensation can help to reimburse loss of earnings for any times you’ve not been able to make it into work.

The most common types of industrial disease can include industrial deafness, respiratory issues, skin disease, and repetitive strain injury. These can be caused by issues such as exposure to loud noises and dangerous substances, or prolonged use of heavy machinery.

An injury at work might come from falling from a height such as a ladder, or a hand or foot getting caught in machinery.

Certain industrial accidents and diseases can last a lifetime and may have far-reaching repercussions on your quality of life, and you shouldn’t have to pay the price of lost earnings due to an injury or illness you’ve suffered through no fault of your own.

In addition to claiming for lost wages, it’s also possible to claim for medical bills and prescription medicine such as painkillers, as well as physical damage or psychological damage caused by the accident. For example, psychological damage might include accident-related stress and anxiety.

I’m nervous about making a claim against my employer

Seeking compensation from your employer can be daunting and it’s understandable that you might feel worried about making a claim. It’s worth noting that you cannot be let go because you’ve made a claim against an employer for a work-inflicted injury or disease. This would be illegal and if your employer did dismiss you, you’d have grounds for unfair dismissal.

Get in touch with one of our advisers on 0808 159 7655 from a landline or 0370 218 8668 from a mobile or complete our online claim form to tell us what’s happened. We’ll work hard to do everything we can to help.