BRITS SHY AWAY FROM STANDING UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS IN THE WORKPLACE

by Legal Author on December 14, 2010

A new study has revealed that despite the fact that 120,000 injuries were reported in the work place in the last year*, a staggering quarter of those surveyed would not make a claim if they were seriously injured using faulty or unsuitable equipment in the workplace.

Muiris Lyons, president of not-for-profit campaign organisation the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), commented:  “Many of us may have suffered an injury through no fault of our own at work but in the workplace there seems to be a real reluctance to make a claim in cases of negligence.

“Most employees will have built a rapport with their employer over a period of time and if a case of negligence occurs in the workplace, some individuals could feel embarrassed or think that there may be a stigma attached if they are seen making a claim against their employer.  Some may fear that if they make a claim, their career may be put at risk or that they might be looked upon as a trouble maker.

“There seems be a perception that those making personal injury negligence claims are taking advantage of an unfortunate situation.  And yet the reality is that the negative stigma attached to individuals making a claim if they’re injured in the workplace is an unfair one.

Muiris concluded:   “People are right to make a claim if they are injured through an employer’s negligence – it’s an employer’s duty to keep employees safe in the work place.  Employees should therefore be able to feel empowered to stand up for their rights when it comes to cases of negligence at work.

“As a not-for-profit campaigning organisation, APIL’s advice to individuals in any case is to gather and state the facts to a specialist injury lawyer as quickly as possible after the injury has occurred – supported by evidence including the employee’s accident log book and any records that your GP may hold about the injury.”

The research, commissioned by APIL and undertaken by Opinion Matters, was carried out amongst 1,151 adults living in the UK.

ENDS

Notes for editors:

  • *Health and Safety Executive statistics on work related, ill health, injuries, dangerous occurrences, enforcement and gas safety – 2009/2010.  http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics
  • APIL is a not-for-profit organisation, whose members are dedicated to campaigning for improvements in the law to help people who are injured or become ill through no fault of their own.
  • APIL also provides an industry recognised kitemark to lawyers who reach a required standard of competence and specialist expertise in personal injury law.
  • Visit the association’s website at www.apil.org.uk.
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