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Injured workers are losing out

The media regularly run reports on the alleged ‘compensation culture' that exists in the UK today. However, this does not appear to be supported by a report on work-related compensation claims produced by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

According to the report, claims for work-related accidents and illness have actually reduced by 50% in the last ten years. Researchers analysing the government's figures alongside those of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have discovered that, even though more than 500,000 people suffer from a work-related illness each year, and an additional 110,000 people are injured while at work, only 15% of them actually make a compensation claim, with the vast majority not being compensated for their injuries.

The report, called ‘The Compensation Myth' also demonstrated that most accident at work claims were settled for less than £5,000.

These findings illustrate that 85% of people who are injured at work either do not want to make a compensation claim or they cannot prove their employer was responsible, because they do not have access to the information they need to prove their claim.

While both the UK media and the government strongly suggest that there is a compensation culture, and that people ‘have a go' at making a claim, the data simply does not support this. It does, in fact, suggest the opposite – that there are people who are ill, injured or dying from work-related accidents and illnesses who will never receive any compensation.

It is really important to obtain early advice from a personal injury solicitor if you have a work-related illness or if you have been involved in an accident at work. We can help you to clarify your legal position and also help you regarding a claim to recover your losses and expenses.

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