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Will I get paid if I have been injured at work?
11 May 2021
If you’ve been injured in an accident at work your first priority is to get better. However, many people are also faced with the worry of if they will be paid whilst they are unable to work during their recovery.
True Solicitors explain what financial help is available to you if you’ve been injured at work.
Will I be entitled to compensation?
If your injuries were caused due to the negligent actions of your employer, you could be entitled to claim compensation from them. Your employer is responsible for your safety in the workplace, and if your safety is compromised due to their actions, they could be found liable for causing the accident.
All employers, no matter how large or small the business is, are required by law to have insurance in place to cover them in the instance that an employer or member of the public is injured whilst on their premises. This means that any payout will not come directly from your employers finances.
It is also important to note that your employer cannot treat you any differently, or fire you for making a claim against them. If they did you could be entitled to make an unfair dismissal claim.
Get in touch with True Solicitors on 0344 854 7000 to start the claims process.
How much will my claim be worth?
Your compensation will be calculated using the evidence that we gather. The amount will depend on factors such as:
- The severity of your injury.
- How your life has been affected by the injury or illness.
- Your future care and support needs.
- Financial losses, including how much money you’ve lost or will lose resulting from the accident (e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses).
- Specialist equipment and adaptations you may need.
To get an idea of the compensation that you could receive for any physical injuries that you have suffered please use our accident at work compensation calculator.
What is statutory sick pay?
Your employer may have a contractual sick pay scheme in place, which may pay you all or a percentage of your salary whilst you are unable to attend work due to your injuries. If not you could be eligible to claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). To qualify for SSP you need to:
- Earn an average of at least £120 per week.
- Be classed as an employee and have carried out some work for your employer.
- Have been off work ill for 4 consecutive days (including non-working days).
The SSP rate is £96.35 for up to 28 weeks. Visit the gov.uk for further information on SSP eligibility.
What workplace injuries can I get compensation for?
If it can be proven that your injuries were caused as a direct result of your employer’s negligence you may be eligible to claim compensation. True Solicitors have helped to secure compensation, rehabilitation and support for clients who have been injured in the following workplace accidents:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Manual handling
- Falls from height
- Head injuries
- Faulty equipment
- Electric shocks
- Burns, scars and lacerations
It is also possible to make a claim if you have developed an industrial disease due to continuous exposure to harmful substances in the workplace. This can include claims relating to: