Your rights after an injury at work and how to claim compensation

Workers researching their rights after being injured at work

Even though the vast majority of employers take issues of health and safety management seriously, and do all they can to provide a safe and secure environment for their staff, accidents at work will always happen. For anyone injured at work, not only are they faced with the pain and discomfort of their injuries, they’ll also be torn between their responsibilities to their employer and to themselves.

It’s hard to know where to turn and how to approach things in the right way so that all parties are happy to get a claim resolved. Therefore, to query what rights you have after an accident at work is a sensible thing to do. Knowing where you and your employer stand legally will help you and them to see everything more clearly and avoid misunderstandings.

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Employer pressure – threats are against the law

A very common worry from people making enquiries about a possible claim for compensation following an accident at work is how making a claim will affect their job. This fear can be played upon, and at Direct 2 Compensation we understand that you may be placed under pressure by your employer NOT to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation.

Employers that are liable on grounds of negligence for accidents at work and injuries sustained in the workplace have no right whatsoever to prevent an employee from pursuing a claim for personal injury compensation. Indeed, threats, whether they are blatant or coercive that imply redundancy or the sack will follow if a claim is made are illegal, and any employer making such threats could face legal action on that as well as a claim.

Know your legal rights and responsibilities

If you have been injured in an accident at work, it is important for you to understand your rights so that you can confidently manage your recovery and working future. We can help you to understand your legal position and what to do after an accident at work.  We can help you to understand the claims process, how things like the costs of making a claim on a no win no fee basis are met and answer common questions about issues like whether claiming compensation after an accident at work can impact on your employer or colleagues.  Below is a basic plan of action you should try to follow if you have been injured at work:

  • You should record the details of your accident within your employer’s accident book. Make sure you state the details and that you do not sign any record that does not match your version of the events. If you haven’t done this already, don’t worry, we can help you to do so.
  • Seek medical treatment. Most workplaces will have a designated first aid officer. You should see this person but also make sure that you either visit your GP or local A&E department. If an employer attempts to prevent you from seeking medical attention, they are in breach of the law and acting completely improperly.
  • Take time to recover. As any doctor will inform you, most injuries require some rest. Therefore, taking time away from the workplace to aid your recovery will not only benefit you by reducing the length of time that you are injured, but also benefit your employer by enabling you to return to full duties at the earliest opportunity. If your employer is pressuring you to return to work, with threats of redundancy if you do not, you should seek legal advice regarding this issue. An unfit employee is a dangerous employee and not only will you be risking your own health by rushing back to work, but you could also be risking the health of your colleagues.
  • Seek light duties.  If your usual work involves aspects of hard physical labour such as heavy lifting, carrying, climbing or standing for long periods, your employer is duty bound to accommodate you (where possible) in returning to work on lighter duties whilst you complete your recovery. It could be that you usually work in a heavy lifting capacity but that your injuries will prevent you from doing that for sometime. Therefore, if your employer can accommodate you within an office for a few weeks on lighter duties, you can return to work and continue to earn your usual salary.
  • Sickness payments. Not all employees will receive full pay if on sickness leave from work. This depends on the contract you have with your employer. However, all employees are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if they do not get full sickness pay. Although SSP is far from a living wage, it could be enough to help you get by. Make sure that your employer has registered you for SSP. If you are unsure, you should contact your local benefits office.
  • Attend ongoing medical appointments.  If you are back at work but still receiving outpatient treatments for your injuries, such as physiotherapy or check-ups with a consultant, your employer MUST release you to attend the same.
  • Pursue a claim for personal injury compensation – we can tell you pretty quickly if you have a case or not, just fill out the claims enquiry form on this page. It is your right to receive compensation for the pain and discomfort caused to you by the injuries you have sustained and also to recover the losses (such as lost income) should you be out of pocket. Your employer cannot sack you for doing so or even make your working life ‘hell’ upon your return. If you find that an employer makes your life difficult after you pursue a claim, you could have grounds for legal action against them, possibly even constructive dismissal. In such circumstances, you should seek advice from a solicitor or your local citizens advice bureau.

How to make a successful claim for compensation

Just because you have been injured whilst at work, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. In most cases, it is relatively easy for us to evaluate the likely outcome of a claim so we advise you to contact us to discuss the details of your accident. Most importantly, we know what questions to ask to work out whether it is likely that you would be able to prove that your employer was liable for your accident and therefore responsible for compensating you for your injuries and any other losses that you may incur.

The most important thing to do after an accident at work, once you’ve received medical attention, is to find out where you stand legally.  We can help to make sure that the details of your accident have been recorded properly and by the right people.  The sooner you start your claim, the sooner we can help you make sure that there will be no chance for your employer to evade responsibility for the situation in which you find yourself.

All accidents and causes of injury should be reviewed on an individual basis.  No two accidents are the same and with this in mind, it is vital that you seek proper advice so that you know whether or not you have a viable claim for accident at work compensation.  However, there are some basic pointers that can help you identify where you stand regarding the strength of a claim or otherwise.

Employer responsibilities

  1. Did your employer ever give you any training? (this could relate to manual handling training, specific training to use certain machinery or other job relevant training).  If the answer is no, your employer has breached health and safety guidance already.
  2. Were you given an induction to the workplace? This would include guidance on accident management protocols, safety exits, hazard avoidance etc.
  3. Were you provided with, or advised what personal safety and protective equipment you should have to complete your job safely?  If the answer is no, your employer could be liable for your injury.
  4. Did your employer adequately maintain equipment and service machines?  Did they ensure that safety guards and mechanisms worked?
  5. Were you advised how to report accidents and how to access the accident book?
  6. Did the employer ensure correct staffing levels and an adequate amount of first aid trained staff?
  7. Did your employer act upon reports of potential risks of danger to employees?

The above is just a guide and there could be many more ways in which an employer would be liable.

It’s your decision

Clearly, the decision as to whether or not an employee should pursue a claim rests with the injured employee. If the injuries are minor, will cause no long-term problems, and the employee can still work and therefore not lose wages after an accident at work, they may well decide that they do not wish to pursue a claim for compensation.

However, where the injuries are more serious and an inability to work follows, making a claim for compensation really is the only option, and a right, for most people. Whilst there is no quick fix to covering the issue of lost income, a successful personal injury claim will see a claimant recover a settlement for their injuries, ongoing treatment and also for their special damages which covers losses such as missed salaries.

Every claimant needs to be sure that they wish to pursue the claim. It is pointless from the aspect of the claimant, solicitor and ourselves for anyone to start a claim if they are not certain that they will see it through.

Find out more

Contact us for confidential, friendly advice and we can give you an idea of where you stand, and whether or not you have a case for claiming compensation from your employer. There’s also plenty of other advice on our website with regards to making claims for work injury compensation if you’ve had an accident at work. You can also leave a question below which we’ll answer as quickly as possible.

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  1. I fell off my ladder decorating at a restaurant
    I was hire to do a decorating job i fell 4 ft off the ladder broke my shin bone and broke my elbo
    Lose my job no money what to do need help do i have a case

    1. Karen

      Whether or not you are able to make a claim for compensation after falling from your ladder at work will depend on what caused you to fall from the ladder and what level of training/health and safety guidance you were given by your employer.

      We would need to know more about your accident before we can properly advise you, so please do respond to me with further details.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  2. My husband newly joined a factory in greater noida on 03/11/2017 as a machine operator. On 12/12/2017 he cut his all four fingers (left hand) in machine. He hospitalized in Delhi.his boss was loyal for the week but after he used not to even phone my husband. My husband again joined his job after 19days of injury because of scare of the loss of job. He was doing his best but his boss behavior is changing now. And a few days before he asked to leave the job to my husband. He pressuring my husband to leave job. I also work there, me and my husband asked to the boss to permanent the job of my husband, but he denied. My husband salary is 50000.so what can we do to get the claim.,and how much money my husband can get in claim. Plz give the answer soon.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Was your Husband injured whilst working in India? If so, was he working for an Indian registered employer?

      Unfortunately, if he was working in India for an Indian registered company, we will not be able to help or advise as we work within the legal system covering the United Kingdom.

  3. My 4 year old daughter attends our local village hall for breakfast/ after school club and often attends birthday parties at the village hall – we’ve booked the village hall for her 5th birthday party. When my daughter initially began attending the breakfast/after school club in the village hall the internal fire door leading to the stairwell was propped open- to help smaller children as they moved within the village hall. At some point between October and December the door was no longer propped open, in the mornings I would help my daughter with the internal door so she could go upstairs as she struggled to push the door open independently, I was concerned about the door being difficult for my daughter to open on her own and asked staff to help my daughter where possible as she is little. On some of the doors throughout the village hall there are door hinge guards, apart from the internal fire door previously described. I don’t often make such observations of the building but recent events have meant it is necessary for us to have a great deal of interest and concern. As we’re now moving into warmer days the fire exit door is being propped open so children can use the outdoor play area at the back of the building the fire exit door is adjacent to the internal fire door leading to the stairwell and tonwards the front of the village hall reception/ foyer area are the main entrance doors often switched on to be automatic opening doors which are opposite the internal fire door, this week as my daughter was making her way through the internal fire door it crushed her finger in the door hinge area resulting in a horrific injury to my daughter’s finger. I’m very displeased with the events that have taken place and I’m very upset with the lack of help from the village hall site management team and the breakfast/after school club in regards to trying to obtain the risk assessments and health and safety inspection/reports as clearly there has been a failing. A member of staff said she had raised concerns about the doors in December 2016 and has had no action but she is now refusing to show us her reports. The building is owned by the local authority whom myself and my husband work for so we’re worried about the aftermath of pursuing a claim for our daughter’s injury. Equally my daughter should not have had to experience such an ordeal had the right actions been taken by either the club or building management and because there are two opportunities for risk assessments to have been carried out by both parties I’m deeply disappointed that my daughter has been injured. I’m also upset with the handling of the situation by the staff for instance the site manager felt it necessary to explain to me why they were unable to wedge open the internal fire door as the hall could incur a £7K fine however they had the fire exit door propped open, the club manager stated she wasn’t aware that the internal fire door was in need of door hinge guard and she’d put it on her list of things to do, the site management when later questioned about the recent risk assessment and health and safety inspection refused to be forthcoming and instead questioned our need for the reports despite the fact he was informed we are paying customers hiring the village hall in the next few months and would like to confidently invite friends and family to the village hall safely as well as the fact that we are customers through the use of the breakfast/after school club. We feel as though there has been negligence for the safety of others and no one is willing to be honest and helpful. I’d like to know can I make a formal complaint and claim as litigation friend for my daughter as ultimately I’d like to see the necessary precautions put into place as soon as possible as my daughter will no doubt continue her attendance to the village hall as her friends are established and she enjoys attending, I’d hate this to happen to anyone else nor do I want there to be a risk for it to happen to my daughter ever again.

    Thanks in advance

    1. As a parent, I am really sorry to learn about this very distressing injury to your daughter and I hope that she is able to make a speedy recovery. Given your description of the incident itself and the lack of safety provision on this door, I believe you have a very viable claim for your daughter. Indeed, our specialist solicitors have succeeded with a number of claims of a very similar nature over the years.

      Yes, as a parent of a child under the age of 18, you can act as a litigation friend and pursue a claim on behalf of your daughter. Acting as a litigation friend simply means that you agree to act in your daughters best interests and provide the instructions to the solicitor in place of the young child.

      Any claim we act on would be through a No Win No Fee process and your daughters rights would be protected. I strongly suggest that we embark on a claim for your daughter and I therefore invite you to forward your contact number to me by email. Once we have those, we can take some further information and then assign this matter to the right specialist solicitor to act for your daughter. Alternatively, you can call us on 01225430285 Mon – Fri between 9am and 5pm.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

    2. Yes, we can certainly make a claim for this – the people responsible for the management/running of this hall were on notice of a problem and failed to act and as such have exposed your daughter to the risk of serious injury. In doing this, they have exposed themselves to liability for any claim that may arise.

      Please send me your contact number so that we speak with you to get the details we need to take this forwards.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  4. please advise if a person was injured on duty and claims from wca procedure that takes pace .The company offered to pay 2mths salary. Person was treated by specialist .Taken reports to wca. Doctor skips a month to do follow up on patient, does not tell person to go back to work as he cannot walk or drive. Does he qualify for salary for the month he did not visit the doctor as report states he is not fit for duty and the report stamped by police.

    1. Under UK law, there is no requirement for an employer to pay employees salaries if they are away from work due to health/injury problems. It will depend on the contract of employment between the employer and employee and what is stated within that regarding sickness pay.

  5. I was on my way to park my car at work Into my company’s allocated parking area. I noticed a van was parked on double yellow lines in front right side of my way to go. The van was stationary and presumably waiting for someone. My way to go was clear with no obstruction whatsoever.
    As I drove past the van all of a sudden a forklift appeared behind the van and drove straight into my car smashing into my both windows from one side to another. It was a miraculous escape as I was caught between both the forklift blades.
    Apparently the forklift was loading behind the van in which I had no visibility and in an area not designated for loading as it’s double yellow lines. I did not expect forklift to operate freely in this busy vehicular roads. The CCTV footage easily demonstrates About the incident

    My employer reported this incident tried the company of the forklift liable to compensate me but I’ve been told that they not ready to compensate, this has caused a lot of distress although I didn’t have any injuries apart from being traumatised by this as a result I cannot focus I don’t want to talk to anyone, I did see the gp and was off work for a week, I tried my best to go to work but I realised I can’t the incident keep flashing , I just think that the other easily got away with it
    I need some advice

    1. Darryl

      What a shocking incident you have endured. I can fully appreciate why you feel traumatised by this and yes, it sounds as if you were very lucky to not sustain serious physical injury.

      On the basis of your description of events, I think you have a viable claim for compensation and that with the assistance of one of our specialist solicitors, you have a viable chance of succeeding with.

      May I suggest that you email your number to me or call us on 01225430285 so that we can take some further information and then get the right specialist solicitor to discuss this matter with you.

      I hope that this helps and I look forward to hearing from you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

    1. Tracy

      Hi, I am a little unsure as to what you mean with your question – do you mean how long does a claim take or are there time limits in the claims process regarding how defendant insurers investigate claims and how long do they have to reply to a claim?

      Regards

      Ian

  6. Hi, I have a question about 4-5wks ago I tore my ligaments in my shoulder opening a delivery gate. I put in a claim this is all going through. I was put on light duties but was asked by a manager to move a cage into the lockup, and left me unattended, I then request injured my shoulder and this was then investigated and now going through to a disciplinery on the grounds I didn’t decline even tho I said to him are you sure I should do that with my shoulder. He had plenty of opportunity to choose a different colleague? This feels like a retaliation as there was no investigation for the 1st incident?

    1. Cliff

      You should put your concerns to your employer – in writing. It sounds as if you have a very strong case to defend any disciplinary action your employer is looking in to.

      The employer has no legal grounds to ‘retaliate’ for any claim you are making. Every person has a legal right to pursue a claim for compensation against an employer (or anyone else for that matter) when they have been injured as a result of negligence.

      I wish you all the best.

      Ian

  7. I was working in retail, and fell off a ‘top stocker’ (ladder) and have damaged my back. The day I fell my workplace completed an a injury form, and took photos of my back – where it had gone red and swollen. They asked me to go to the hospital so I did and I was told that I had injured my sciatic nerve. I gave it a couple of weeks and ended up going back to the Doctors because of the pain and they told me that all my muscles were contracting around the damaged area. I was given tablets and have taken naproxen, codomol, ibuprofen and Diazepam, but none of these have worked.

    Not long after this, I was in my home and picked up a bucket of water (not even half full) and ended up getting rushed into hospital in an ambulance. This was due to back pain and I was told that they thought it was a slipped disc – after checking an x-ray and saying that no bones had broken. However, I have not had an MRI scan. I have been back to the Doctors several times because of the pain and problems the injury has caused me. I am on anti-depressants because of how the pain is making me feel. The pain has stopped me from doing day to day things and I’m in agony even putting the hoover over in my home. I had felt suicidal and have a mental block that is making me feel that my life isn’t worth living with the pain I experience when my back starts playing up. Could you please give me some advice?

    1. Kait

      Hi, thank you for the email. I am sorry to hear about your situation and can sympathise with how this has affected your day-to-day life.

      We may well be able to assist you with a claim, but we’d need to speak with you so that we know more. Please email your number to me via [email protected] or call us on 01225430285. A quick phone call will enable us to find out what we need to know in order that we can advise you properly.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  8. I had an accident at work last year. I work on a construction site as an apprentice and I tripped over some rubber gasket and injured my knee (I have photographs of the area at work). I filed an accident report and went to A&E. I was working away from home and the A&E I attended wasn’t local to me. They said I had bruising and sent me home with orders ‘to rest it’. I was off work for a few days in excruciating pain with bruising to the area. At the weekend my knee buckled, due to the injury, as I was walking down the stairs so I attended an A&E locally, they informed me that I should of been given at a scan the first time I visited A&E (on the day of the accident) and given crutches which I wasn’t, so they gave me some. I attended hospital appointments on multiple occasions where I was told I had a meniscus tear and may need surgery. I went back for a more thorough scan and was told that they can’t be certain if it had been torn without doing surgery but ideally want to avoid surgery due my age (24) as it could cause further long term problems and my job as a joiner means I work on my knees a lot. Using the crutches started giving me severe pain in my shoulder and back. I had tingling in my hand and fingers. I had reconstructive surgery on my shoulder for an AC Joint Discolation in 2012 following a car accident so my right shoulder is considerably weaker than my left and using the crutch was painful and difficult, causing strain on my shoulder and meaning I had to resort to using my old shoulder support strap. The Health and Safety Officer came out to visit me regarding my knee injury and informed me that I am entitled to make a claim if I wish. I had a total of 17 weeks off work and was sent to numerous physiotherapy sessions in this time, I also received SSP weekly. My employer didn’t make much effort to communicate with me during these weeks and I felt it was me constantly updating them on my injury, I felt they were really dismissive towards me. I’d like to make a claim but I am concerned it will affect my working relationships. I have been told I am the first person who has had a serious injury of this nature at work, resulting in a long period of being off sick. The site I was working on is ‘owned’ by a contractor (MS) where my company are employed by this contractor (MS) to carry out the work on the site. This contractor (MS) provides the company I work for with a massive amount of work and I’m worried that if I make a claim against the contractor (MS) then the relationship between them and my company will become unpleasant and they could refuse work contracts to the company who employs me, which could lead to my company loosing a lot of ‘custom’ and therefore jeopardise my job if they can’t afford to keep me on (once my apprenticeship has ended). The contractor (MS) has tried to deny responsibility blaming the fact I wasn’t wearing my own personal work boots on the day of the accident (I had left my own boots in a work colleagues vehicle the previous week and he forgot to return them to me so I used a spare pair of work boots from the locker room which were in good working condition, adhered to the health and safety PPE regulations and were my correct size). I have suffered greatly whilst being off sick, both physically and mentally. I was off work over Christmas, meaning I was unable to purchase Christmas presents for my little boy due to a lack of income and I had to rely on my sons mother (who I wasn’t in a relationship with at the time), to add my name to the Christmas presents she had bought for him; she also had to lend me money so I could get by. I paid for her Broadband package on a monthly basis as she could not afford it and it was a way for her and my son to communicate with me but due to my financial situation being off work I got into arrears with the company which caused added stress. I could not interact with my little boy as I normally would, he is only two years old and I was unable to be with him alone for days out to the park, soft play area etc as I was unable to run after him, so I always needed someone to accompany me. I have been back at work on light duties since the new year. I spoke to someone in my works office today to enquire about how I go about making a claim and she told me she doesn’t want to discus it over the phone and said she’d send the big bosses to see me on site, this is making me feel really uneasy, intimidated and anxious. Can you advise me on what to do,my rights and if I am entitled to make a claim without my career being put in jeopardy. I am supposed to finish my apprenticeship in a few weeks (I’m having to catch up on the work I missed when I was off work due to the knee injury so it could take more than a few weeks caused by the injury being a set back) but my employer has told me they’d like me to complete my Level 3 after I finish my Level 2; this was before they were aware I want to make a claim but I can’t afford to jeopardise my job when I have responsibilities. Thank you in advance.

    1. Matthew

      You have a legal right to pursue a claim for compensation if you feel that the injuries were caused by the negligent acts of someone else (an employer or business). In your case, this is exactly what happened and I would argue that you have a viable and valid claim.

      Your employer cannot terminate your employment because you opt to make a claim – this would be against the law. Most employers are extremely fair with people when they are injured through no fault of their own and when there is negligence, hold their hands up and accept a claim. In your case, it may not be your employer that faces the claim – it could be the site management company or main contractor responsible for the overall management of the site in question and if this is the case, your employers would have nothing at all to be concerned about if you were to claim. However, I cannot say for certain that your employer would not be ‘awkward’ with you if you were to claim – they shouldn’t, but we do hear the odd story of harassment of people who do need to make claims.

      In your case, your entire career could be jeopardised by your injury rather than any claim and you need to think of this rather than how a claim may damage your employer.

      I think it would make sense for us to chat on the phone as it would be far easier to get to the bottom of what happened and to explain your rights. Please call us on 01225430285 or email me via [email protected] with your number and we’ll get in touch.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  9. Hi, Im just after a little bit of advice. I work as a contractor in the mines, i recently squashed my finger on site. It immediately swelled to almost twice the size and turned purple straight away. I attended fisrt aid where i was given an ice pack and went through the process of reporting the incident. Was back on the job an hour later. The next day when i returned to site and informed them that i intended to see a doctor for a second opinion i was made to feel guilty about hurting myself and on at least 4 different occasions indirectly pursuaded not to attend the doctor. I returned home the next day and sure enough my finger was broken.
    My question is, Should they have taken me to hospital themselves straight away? Is it their duty of care?
    Thank for your help.

    1. Jon

      I am sorry to hear about your accident at work. Under UK health and safety law, an employer must not prevent an injured person from seeking professional qualified medical help when it is needed. In your case, it would seem odd that the employer wouldn’t advise you to seek immediate medical treatment. Indeed, their desire to have you working whilst injured may well have placed you at risk of further injury as well as also creating a risk to your colleagues. As you are probably aware, working in a manual job such as yours where heavy tools are used, to use them you need to be fit and well and if you are injured, you may not be able to work safely. In your case, your finger injury would have undoubtedly affected your grip strength and dexterity, so allowing you to work in that condition was a risk to you and your colleagues.

  10. My brother in law works in a car spray booth and uses an upside down lemonade crate his boss provides to stand on to spray the tops of cars. He fell off this and broke his wrist and broke a bone in his foot. No accident form was completed and he has been off work for 19 weeks. He returned 2 weeks ago on a phased return to work and has discovered that his accident hasn’t been reported. His boss is being difficult and only letting my brother in law work 2 days a week although he wants to work more. His boss has employed someone else in his absence and that person is still there. My brother in law is only getting 2 days pay but is still receiving statutory sick pay. He did receive full pay for the first 6 weeks of his absence then went onto SSP. The lemonade crate is still in use. Do you think he has a claim.

    1. Jackie

      The situation you describe regarding your Brother-in-Law’s accident at work and the attitude towards health and safety of his employer is something we hear quite regularly.

      Your Brother-in-Law should take a photograph of the milk crate in question – ideally when someone is stood upon it. I would imagine that his medical records show that the injury was caused at work and this would help. Your Brother-in-Law should still ask the employer to record the accident and what he could do is write to them/email the employer asking the question as to why the accident was not recorded?

      It would sound as if your Brother-in-Law has a viable claim for compensation and this is something we would be keen to discuss further with him. Please ask him to call us on 01225430285 or do email his number to us via: [email protected]

      Yours sincerely

  11. I was working using a lorry mounted crane(hiab) and whilst lifting a pallet that was loaded with heavy blocks the pallet tilted and the blocks slipped off .this is because the blocks should OFF been badded together in a certain way then banded to the pallet this would have stopped them slipping off.as I was clearing them from the bed of the lorry lifting them I suffered a slipped disc in my back Which I needed surgery for and was off work for 7 months on ssp.when I started the job I wasn’t given no manual handling training or any sort of training in use of equipment or products.on returning to work on the second day I was subjected to aggressive and verbal abuse from the foreman and when I complained he made up a story I was.i was immediately suspended and told by my manager I’m a “bad apple”.I think this is because I started a claim.now 7 month on my solicitor says I ain’t got a case because my gp didn’t make a note of how I sustained my injury .surly that is trivial compared to how I’ve been treated.can you advise me please .thank you

    1. Noel

      What a distressing situation in which you find yourself. Sadly, it is often the case that the ‘bad apple’ is the bad employer who doesn’t provide basic training and shows a disregard to health and safety. To make matters worse, they then try and turn it round on to you as the injured employee and call you the bad apple.

      Obviously, your Solicitor would not wish to close the case if they felt they could succeed as they will be acting on a Conditional Fee Agreement (No Win No Fee) basis and will only get paid for their work if they succeed for you. With this in mind, the fact that they seem to be closing the case is a bit of a worry.

      However, all may not be lost. Have you tried speaking to your GP to discuss this situation? Asking if they would be willing to link the injury for which you have had treatment? Also, was an accident book entry completed at work at the time of the injury? Was it witnessed etc?

      If your current Solicitor has not yet closed it, you should discuss these possibilities with them. If they have closed it, we could get one of our partner Solicitors to obtain your file from the previous firm and review it for you. Whether or not we were then able to take it further, I cannot say but you would have nothing to lose by allowing us to review this for you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

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