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Compensation myth buster

The report, The Compensation Myth, has been published by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the TUC and aims to ‘debunk popular misconceptions.'

Matthew Stockwell, APIL president, said: "Contrary to perceptions, not every injury results in compensation.

"Eighty-five per cent of people who have been injured or fallen ill simply by turning up for work don't receive a penny in compensation.

"Either these injured people are choosing not to claim, or they can't prove that their injury is due to someone else's negligence. Unfortunately, employers tend to have the upper hand, as they control the workplace and have all the information on the equipment and systems in place.

"So there will be people who have a need and a right to claim but can't, which is precisely the opposite of the so-called ‘have-a-go' culture."

According to the report, there is a general lack of understanding about the way personal injury claims work. Compensation claims can only be successful if negligence can be proven so not all mishaps will have a ‘price tag attached.'

Each year, more than 600,000 people are reported to have an illness or injury caused by their job. On top of this, a further 25,000 are forced to give up work through a workplace injury or illness.

The most common injuries are musculoskeletal disorders such as back and ligament injuries, skin diseases, hearing problems and injuries suffered following slips or trips.

Matthew, added: "Compensation serves an important purpose.

"Myths and misunderstandings create a smokescreen which obscures the fact that injured people need, and are entitled to, help to get back to work and put their lives back on track."

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