Why you shouldn’t be afraid of claiming against an employer
Making an injury at work claim can be a difficult prospect for workers, as they may feel uncomfortable attempting to take compensation from an employer.
By Sheldon Davidson Solicitors
If you suffer an injury at work, the prospect of making a complaint against your employer can be a little daunting.
Depending on the size of the company you work for, you may also be concerned that their financial muscle will mean you are unlikely to compete with them when it comes to the quality of your legal representation.
You may also be concerned that a losing claim will make potential future employers wary of hiring you, while some may mistakenly believe that they will need to wait until they have secured compensation before they can begin paying for specialist medical care.
If you have worked for a company for a long time, it is also possible you will have developed an emotional attachment to your job and may consequently be hesitant about making a claim against the organisation.
No win, no fee claims
What you may not know is that a successful claim will not see your employers having to pay your compensation out of their own pocket.
It is their insurance company who will foot the bill should you successfully secure compensation. Businesses will be prepared to deal with accident at work claims as they arise, and so once a claim is made the process of pursuing damages should not come as a surprise to them.
As for your choice of solicitor, many will provide a service on a no win, no fee basis. This means you will not have to pay a penny until such time as you have successfully achieved a compensation reward. This means it is perfectly possible to find the necessary calibre of legal representative needed to succeed with your claim.
While the law surrounding the no win, no fee system changed earlier this year, you should still pursue your claim to receive the compensation you deserve.
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 means that you may now have to pay up to 25% of your compensation towards solicitor fees if your claim is successful, whereas before this money would have come from the losing side. You should check to see what your solicitor’s policy is regarding this, and not all firms elect to take money from their clients.
As for medical care, a good solicitor will ensure you receive this as soon as possible, helping you to recover as quickly as possible without having to wait for the conclusion of your case.
Whatever your concerns are about making an injury at work claim, an experienced solicitor will be able to answer all your questions and address any apprehension you be feeling.