Can I Be Sacked For Having An Accident At Work Belfast?
Can I Be Sacked For Having An Accident At Work Belfast?
If you have an accident at work that is not your fault, you should not be dismissed. If you suffered injuries in the incident, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
At McGee Solicitors we understand how difficult it is to deal with a legal claim against your employer and we will provide you with the support you need throughout.
Our work personal injury team has in-depth experience of dealing with this type of situation and we will make the process as easy as possible for you. We know that you may feel awkward or intimidated by your employer and we will help you deal with anything that may happen.
You will find our work accident solicitors to be friendly and helpful and we will welcome a call from you.
For a free initial consultation with an accident at work solicitor in Belfast, call us on 028 71 229 343 or fill in our no-obligation Free Enquiry Form. We can answer any initial questions you may have and talk you through the first stages of making a work accident compensation claim.
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Why Choose McGee Solicitors For Work Accident Compensation?
Our personal injury solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with work accident claims and an excellent track record of securing the best possible compensation for our clients.
We also offer:
- Free initial consultation
- Full protection against legal costs
- Genuine legal expertise and exceptional negotiating skills
- A guarantee that you will keep 100% of your compensation
- A friendly and approachable team who will work tirelessly for your rights
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Can I Be Dismissed For An Accident At Work?
Your employer has a duty to keep you safe while you are working on their behalf and if they fail in this duty, they cannot sack you because of this or because you start a legal case.
We know that you may find it hard to make a claim against the business that employs you, but employers understand that when an accident happens, they are required to compensate someone who has been hurt.
They are required by law to have insurance in place to provide cover in the event that an employee is injured in an accident and your claim will generally be made against the insurer. We are used to dealing with large insurance companies and their legal teams and you can rest assured that we will present a robust case on your behalf.
It is against the law for your employer to sack you after an accident at work unless it was caused by gross negligence on your part. You also have the right not to be intimidated, harassed or treated unfairly because you have been injured or commenced a legal claim. It is rare for this to happen as employers know that they have a duty of care towards employees, but if you should experience this type of behaviour, you should seek legal advice without delay.
How Your Employer Should Deal With An Accident At Work
Your employer should have a process in place for dealing with an employee accident. This will generally be found in the employee handbook or employee intranet. You should ensure that the incident has been reported and that a record has been made in the accident book.
In the case of a serious accident, it should also be reported to the Health and Safety Executive in Northern Ireland under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, or RIDDOR.
You should make sure that you read any report that is made and that it is accurate before you sign it. You are also advised to make your own notes about the incident while it is fresh in your mind. If possible, take photos where relevant, for example, if equipment failure or uneven flooring caused your accident.
It is important to seek medical help straightaway. This will not only ensure that you have the help that you need, but create an early record of your injuries. You should make sure that you attend any follow up appointments and physical therapy or rehabilitation that are recommended.
You are advised to seek legal advice as soon as you can. If you ask us to represent you in your work accident claim we will contact your employer and their insurer to advise them that you intend to seek compensation. Having a solicitor to represent you can also dissuade your employer from pressuring you not to make a claim.
If you have been sacked for an accident at work, you are advised to speak to a lawyer without delay.
The Work Accident Compensation Claim Process
Once your employer’s insurance company have been given details of your claim, they will decide whether or not to admit liability. If they admit liability then we can negotiate the amount of compensation payable. We will arrange for you to be examined by medical experts and reports will be prepared by way of evidence of your injuries and the effect they have had on your life.
You are entitled to be compensated for the pain and suffering you have experienced and for loss of amenity, which is the inability to do things that you previously enjoyed. You are also entitled to claim for financial losses such as loss of earnings and expenses that you have incurred because of your accident.
We are often able to settle cases without the need for a court hearing. If your case does go to court, we will arrange for you to be represented by a personal injuries expert. Whether your case is settled or you go to court, we guarantee that you will keep 100% of your compensation.
If your case is likely to take a while to be resolved and you need financial support in the meantime, we can request interim payments on your behalf.
What To Do If You Have Been Sacked For An Accident At Work
If your employer has made your life difficult after an accident or you believe they are trying to dissuade you from making a claim, you should speak to a solicitor straightaway. Quite often matters will improve once a solicitor’s letter has been sent and they understand that you have someone representing your legal rights.
If you have been sacked after a work accident or made to resign, you should seek legal advice as this is against the law.
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If you have been injured in an accident at work and you are concerned about being dismissed, please give us a call. We can ensure that your rights are observed and that you receive the compensation you are owed. We also guarantee that you will keep 100% of the amount you are awarded.
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