Healthcare & Workplace Accident Compensation
If you work as a carer and you’ve been injured while working, we can probably help you.
Workplace injuries can be especially traumatic experiences. We devote so much time to our jobs that the workplace often feels like a place of safety, not unlike our homes. Besides the psychological impact of getting hurt at work, there’s also the undeniable financial upheaval a serious injury can cause.
We talk with and reach out to many people who have suffered through workplace accidents like you. We’ve seen at first hand how carers and healthcare assistants can struggle with the loss of salary and working time after a serious injury. Dedicated carers even worry about how patients and clients will be treated in their absence when they’re unable to do their jobs.
We can help you get past your injury by listening to your specific circumstances, exploring all the ramifications of your accident, and advising you as to whether starting a claim is a good idea.
We charge nothing for this assistance because it’s our firm belief that every worker has the right to support, justice, and possibly financial compensation in the aftermath of an accident at work.
If you’re recovering from an injury or have otherwise suffered a work accident that you feel might involve unsafe practices, give us a free call at 0808 164 9153. Don’t worry about the need to make fast decisions or being pressured into steps you don’t want to take. We simply want to help; we will never press you toward a claim against your own wishes.
Workplace Injuries: Finding Fault
Unpacking the issue of fault in workplace accidents can be quite difficult. It’s perfectly normal for you to be unsure about who, if anyone, was responsible for the accident that befell you. Fault is particularly hard to sort out in cases where injuries arise from repetitive movements or long-term work habits.
Although every case is unique, if your work accident occurred because of unsafe practices, your employer may be at fault for failing to give you the training or support necessary to avoid injury.
You might have been ordered to operate equipment without receiving full training on using it safely, for instance. Or you might have been asked to take on a task that properly requires two workers to complete safely.
When you sign an employment contract, one of the responsibilities your employer takes on is a legal obligation to protect you from harm in the workplace. That means they need to take every reasonable precaution to prevent injury given the working conditions, equipment, and tasks they provide.
When employers fail to fully uphold these responsibilities, then it may be just and proper to hold them responsible for your accident. Your employer has a duty to care for you and keep you from getting injured. They may be at fault if they made any of the following lapses:
* Not providing training on carer tasks including assisting, lifting, and moving patients
* Not providing the proper equipment for safe execution of your duties
* Not providing personal protective equipment (PPE) as necessary
* Not maintaining and checking safety equipment properly
* Failing to assign enough staff members to complete tasks safely
Of course, in some work accidents, fault is much clearer. If your injury results from an auto accident, an attack, or a fall, there may not be any doubt about who is responsible for your suffering. We’d still be happy to answer any of your work accident questions and discuss whether or not making a claim is a good idea; simply call us on 0808 164 9153 – free!
Sick Pay And Compensation Following An Accident
Most significant injuries make it smart or absolutely necessary for you to take some time off work. While you’re not working, you might be receiving statutory sick pay or reduced pay.
The idea behind statutory sick pay or any similar sick pay offered by your employer is to lend needed financial assistance when an accident prevents you from working. In many cases, sick pay is significantly less than your full salary and this may influence you to return to work sooner than you should. For some workers, the difference between full pay and sick pay is enough to cause serious financial problems.
If the aftermath of your injury is causing financial hardship, a compensation claim can help you deal with accident-related expenses and cover the earnings you’ve lost while you recover. A claim can restore financial security to you and your family.
If you’d like to see an estimate of how much compensation you may be entitled to, we offer a popular compensation calculator, available here.
Carer’s Claims: Can You Make One?
If you suffer an accident while working as a carer, the validity of a compensation claim depends on some key factors. Your accident must have:
* Happened within three years
* Inflicted an injury on you
* Been caused by someone other than yourself, through either negligent or reckless behaviour
We know that it can be hard to know whether or not you can make a claim and that you’ll need expert advice to make an informed decision. That’s why we offer free help specifically suited to your individual situation on 0808 164 9153. You needn’t worry about feeling pressured to claim. We provide help without any obligation and we’re ready to listen to whatever you want to say.
Claiming Does Not Risk Your Job
One of the most common reasons for workers to hesitate to contact us is that they worry about the security of their job. The fear that an employer might fire an employee for making a claim is very real, but the threat is not.
Employers are not legally allowed to dismiss you for making a compensation claim. They’re not even allowed to alter their treatment of you in any way.
When you reach out to us, we will not contact your employer for any reason until you’ve signed with a solicitor and confirmed your intention to make a claim. At that point, it is your solicitor’s responsibility to negotiate with your employer (and their insurers) for you.