4 May 2018

Can I Be Sacked After an Injury at Work?

Can I be sacked after an injury at work? It's a question that a lot of people will be asking themselves after suffering misfortune in the workplace. Having to take extended time off with an injury can be stressful enough without the worry of losing your job, especially if you wish to make a claim against your employer.

At Winn Solicitors, we want to put your mind at ease and tell you that you definitely cannot be sacked for injury at work claims if you are not to blame or responsible for the accident. Dismissal due to bringing a claim for an accident at work is not legal, and if legal action was a factor in you losing your job then you could be able to make an unfair dismissal claim. That, however, is a different matter. For now, let's look at claiming for an accident at work.

The chances are that an accident at work will leave you with a lot of questions, questions that you need to know the answers to in order to move on and get the compensation that you deserve. There's more to know than 'can I be sacked after an injury at work?' however. So with that in mind, here is what you need to know about accidents at work and the injury at work claim time limit.

What is the injury at work claim time limit?

If you have had an accident at work, it is important that you start claim proceedings within the three-year injury at work claim time limit. If you try to make a claim later than three years after the actual incident, then it is likely that your case will be considered 'time-barred' and you will not receive the compensation that you may otherwise have been entitled to.  There are some exceptions to this time limit, such as if you are working off-shore or on a vessel which may make the time limits shorter. Therefore it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible after the accident.

What is classed as an accident at work?

If you have suffered short-term or lasting injury because of an accident at work which could have been prevented, then you are entitled to make a claim. If it is possible to prove your employer was liable, by proving that they were negligent in their duty of care to employees (by not providing relevant training or safety equipment, for example), then you could be entitled to compensation for your accident. You can find out more about the different types of accidents at work in a previous article, which you can read here.

How much can I claim for after an injury at work?

There are no set guideline figures when it comes to compensation for an accident at work. The amount of compensation that you could be due will be decided based on several factors, including the time you've had to take away from work, the impact the accident has had on your life, and the severity of your injuries. Our online claims calculator will be able to give you a better impression of how much you may be owed.

Why make a claim with Winns?

At Winn Solicitors, our team of experienced and highly qualified professionals will be there to guide you through every step of your injury at work claim. If you come to us within the injury at work claim time limit, we will take care of you and your claim, ensuring that you get the compensation you deserve. We are a top no win, no fee solicitors, so claiming won't cost you a penny but could improve your life after suffering an injury.

If you have any other questions about your accident at work, or about making a claim, please contact Winn Solicitors today.

You can call us on 0800 988 6288, or speak to a member of the Winns team using our LiveChat tool.

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