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Employer’s Liability

Lara O’Donnell, head of the employer’s liability and public liability team at Accident Claims Lawyers, on why workers should not ‘soldier on’

In terms of public perception, road traffic and workplace accident claims sit at the polar opposites of personal injury law.

The former – particularly those relating to whiplash-related and minor injuries – have become an accepted by-product of vehicle bumps and shunts, with the pursuit of compensation commonplace.

For most motorists, securing legal support in the event of being rear-ended is as instinctive as sharing their insurance details with the owner of the other vehicle and calling for roadside recovery.

Attitudes are, however, markedly different when it comes to the world of employment. While fortunately far less frequent than collisions in cars, accidents do happen at work and can be life-changing for those who suffer them.

Yet – in sharp contrast to the proactivity of ‘pranged’ drivers – people injured while doing their job are generally more reluctant to seek legal advice.

There are myriad reasons for such reticence, with not wanting to be seen to make waves and cause a fuss at work chief among them.

Such stoicism may in part be attributable to the British “stiff upper lip” stereotype, but it is often grounded in worry over the prospect of having to look their employer in the eye while pursuing a claim.

This unease is understandable given that accidents at work are a rarity in the office environments associated with big companies, and more likely to occur in the hazardous surrounds of commercial kitchens and building sites – the proverbial coalfaces of small businesses with close-knit teams.

Consequently, people tend not to raise their head above the parapet for some time, only breaking the ‘silence’ on their suffering when it becomes too much to endure or on leaving the company whose care they were under.

This delay does nobody any favours. For claimants, the passing of time can put them at a physical, mental and financial disadvantage – potentially denying them access to the best medical and rehabilitation treatment; risking a loss of earnings; and blunting their prospects in a competitive labour market.

It can also hamper their case as evidence and recollections of events become harder to piece together with every passing day.

For responsible employers, who should be paying insurance premiums to protect themselves and their employees from any unnecessary hardship, it prevents them from quickly mitigating any unforeseen gaps in their health and safety procedures and stopping lightning – be it a chemical burn or fall from height – from striking twice.

Those who have played a waiting game should not, however, be dissuaded from contacting the experienced employer’s liability and public liability team at Accident Claims Lawyers.

Aside from boasting a reputation for doggedly fighting the corner of deserving clients that enhances the chance of an early settlement, we are well-practised at ascertaining where blame for an accident lies, no matter how complex the case and place of work in question may be.

If you’ve suffered a workplace accident that wasn’t your fault, there is certainly no need for any procrastination or soul searching. Motorists unlucky enough to experience several accidents during their lifetime behind the wheel think nothing of making multiple claims so why should those hurt at work hesitate to ensure they are not left unnecessarily disadvantaged?

People go to work to put food on their family’s table and if that is not possible, whether temporarily or indefinitely, because of the actions of others then it is not the time to be British and ‘keep calm and carry on’.

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