If you have been injured working for the NHS you may be able to pursue compensation via a No Win No Fee work accident claim. There is no difference between working in the NHS to that of any other employer. In the UK, all face the same duty of care regarding employer negligence and their responsibilities towards the health and safety of all staff. A lack of training, inadequate health and safety risk assessment, or any other area of negligence can lead to claims against the NHS.
NHS Injury Allowance
Separate to compensation claims, the NHS Injury Allowance provides support to staff who sustain an injury, disease or other health condition which is attributable to their employment. However, many NHS staff are not eligible for the scheme – including GP and dental practice staff, and agency staff. Plus, not all injuries are covered and the allowance only tops up sick pay, or earnings when on a phased return up to 85% of pay.
As such, the NHS Injury Allowance may not provide enough assistance to you, and claiming compensation becomes the only option in many cases.
Who can make an NHS injury compensation claim?
When we consider those working within the NHS, we immediately think of nursing staff, doctors and other medical professionals. However, there are many different roles in such a huge organisation, with people employed in offices, facilities departments, maintenance, engineering and more. As such, there are a variety of accidents at work that can be claimed for.
N|H|S staff can easily be exposed to the risk of injury through a lack of adequate training, faulty machines or inadequate protective equipment. The NHS can also be a very stressful environment, leading to claims for psychological as well as physical injuries.
Common NHS work acccidents
There is no single typical accident type that affects workers within the NHS, but common ones include:
- Slips, trips or falls at work because of wet floors and items left in the way within busy wards and corridors
- Manual handling injuries to the back from lifting and moving patients or equipment without adequate training
- Injuries caused by faulty equipment that has not been repaired or removed from service
- Needlestick injuries
What to do if you get injured working for the NHS
As with any injury at work, it is vital that you make a report of the cause and type of injury with the employer at the earliest opportunity.
Most workplaces will have an accident book or accident reporting system. You should use that to make a report, listing the injuries sustained and any possible areas you can identify that would show employer negligence.
You can call our friendly and helpful staff on 01225 430285 or get your claim started online today. We take pride in making sure that you feel understood and look forward to helping you make your claim.