Pursuing a personal injury claim against your employer because you have been injured in an accident at work is for some of us a true moral dilemma. Many will think twice before suing their boss, especially if they have been so well cared for. But each year, tens of thousands of people do bring personal injury claim after an accident at work, and when they win their case, their lives and those around them are immensely better for it. Are you one of those who has put off pursuing a claim in the last 3 years?
Think of this scenario. In 2018, Monty (we’ve changed his named for confidentiality purposes) suffers a very serious injury to his leg in an accident at work, which resulted in him undergoing three difficult operations over a 2-year period, requiring around six months off work in all. Throughout all of this the employer is extremely supportive. They paid his salary in full and when he was able to return to work, they ensured he did so gradually. Then, it’s March 2020 and the Covid pandemic hits.
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The vast majority did as they were asked. Our roads and transport network ground to a halt. Businesses across the UK shut down in droves and hundreds of thousands of honest hard-working people were furloughed, for months on end. This is precisely what happens to Monty. However, several months into being furloughed, twiddling his fingers at home, Monty is told that his company has been hit hard by Covid and that they will have to let him, and several others go. He receives a modest redundancy package and suddenly 15 years of loyal service are over. Our friend Monty is in his 40’s. His loving wife has also been furloughed. They have a mortgage. Two teenage children.
Monty is disabled and now unemployed.
He has a choice. Do nothing, claim benefits, wait for his 4th operation, which has been delayed because of Covid, and hope that someone will give him a job, any job.
Or, as in this case, Monty takes the plunge, and he calls Alma Law. We have several virtual meetings with him to investigate the how, when and the where of his accident and subsequently, after a few months of correspondence with the insurers of Monty ’s former employer, a liability agreement is reached between the parties.
We are able to prove that Monty will benefit from further surgery and intense rehabilitation and so they also pay for him to go privately for his treatment, rather than wait to hear from an overwhelmed NHS. In the fullness of time, Monty ’s case will settle, and he will receive a significant award of damages which will, as much as possible, put him back into the position he would have been had the accident not occurred.
By law, Monty’s employers are required to have insurance that will meet the cost of this compensation claim, as well as his legal costs. Just like car insurance, his employers will pay an annual premium, which means that Monty’s compensation money isn’t paid for directly by the business. It’s also important to remember that Monty has helped others too. His personal injury claim has highlighted to his employers a set of dangerous work practices which should prompt them to make changes to how they operate and prevent similar accidents in the future. Alma Law are experienced in all several types of accidents at work including:
- Falls from height
- Trench collapses
- Plant and equipment disasters
- Farming accidents
- Vehicle accidents
- Accidents at sea
- Dockside accidents
- Poisonings and toxic inhalations
- Skin diseases
- Upper limb disorders
- Factory accidents
- Traumatic amputations
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
Please contact us for a free, no obligation chat about your accident at work.
Just #AskForGrant He is a Law Society accredited personal injury solicitor who has specialised in workplace accident claims for over 20 years. He’s approachable, down to earth and you can rely on him to get you the compensation you need to get on with your life.