Compensation myths: number two

We recently published a news article on The Compensation Myth, a report released by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in conjunction with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). The report debunked common myths about compensation claims and raised interesting ideas on how the compensation bill can be reduced.

Over the coming weeks we’re taking a closer look at each of the myths. Last week we looked at the suggestion that compensation claims were spiralling out of control. This week we’re looking at:

Myth 2: Workers are too ready to claim compensation.

In 1993, Bernard Levin, while writing an article for The Times in London, used the term ‘Compensation Culture’ when comparing the rise of claims in Britain. Over 21 years later, the term is still regularly used by media outlets. Phrases such as ‘jumping on the claims bandwagon’ are often mooted, but how much of it is actually true?

There are around half a million people who are made ill as a result of their job and a further 110,000 injured in the workplace each year. Of those, only one out of every seven workers will receive compensation. Approximately 25,000 people each year are forced to give up work due to an illness or injury sustained in the workplace. 

As we discussed last week, the number of compensation claims has almost halved in the last 10 years. The drop in claims, alongside changes in the law to place burden of proof with the employee  rather than the employer, are a clear indication that although workplace accidents still happen, employees are less likely to claim.

It’s important to remember that people can, and do, suffer life changing injuries and illnesses at work. This may be due to safety failings or regulations that haven’t been adhered to properly. From not being able to work, to adjusting their living arrangements to suit their needs, accidents at work can be life altering, reducing the person’s quality of life.

For these reasons we employee specialist employment liability solicitors who have years of experience in winning cases, helping our clients deal with the after effect of an injury.

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