If you work in the NHS and have had an accident at work, you may be able to pursue a No Win No Fee personal injury claim for compensation. 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.
NHS injury compensation claims
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 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.
Common NHS work acccidents
There is no single typical accident type that affects workers within the NHS, but common ones include:
- Slipping accidents from wet floors
- Tripping accidents from hazards and items left on floors or within busy wards and corridors
- Manual handling injuries, often to the back from lifting and moving without adequate training
- Muscular injuries as a result of handling and moving patients
- Injuries caused by faulty equipment that has not been repaired or removed from service
- Needlestick injuries
Given the size and nature of such a huge employer, it is understandable that sometimes errors can occur. 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.
At Direct2Compensation we have successfully assisted a number of NHS employees and other care workers and support workers with claims for compensations after accidents at work. 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.