A study by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, a non-profit organisation run by injury compensation lawyers, found that 25 per cent of people would be reluctant to make a claim against their employer because they felt they would be viewed in a negative light if they did so.
The survey asked more than 1,150 adults in the UK whether they would consult injury compensation lawyers if they suffered a serious injury after using faulty or unsuitable equipment in the workplace and worryingly revealed that a significant proportion of them would not.
Muiris Lyons, president of the APIL, explained that many employees are worried about contacting injury compensation lawyers because they are worried about damaging relations with the company they had been working for.
He added that some people may feel that their career would be put at risk if they decided to contact injury compensation lawyers in a bid to take legal action after being injury in an accident.
However, Mr Lyons pointed out that employers have a duty to ensure workers are not put at risk and if someone is injured because a company has failed in this duty then they have every right to contact injury compensation lawyers in order to seek recompense for what has happened.
“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,” the injury compensation lawyers expert said.
The negative stigma which may become attached to people who contact injury compensation lawyers after suffering an accident in the workplace is unfair, Mr Lyons added.
According to figures released by APIL, around 120,000 injuries were reported in the workplace over the last year, and this means thousands of people may be have decided not to contact injury compensation lawyers when they had every right to do so.
Fortunately, claims can be filed up to three years after the date of the incident, so it is not too late for people to change their minds and contact injury compensation lawyers in order to take action.
Not only will injury compensation lawyers be able to advise an individual on whether they have a case, but they will also be able to take in on a no win, no fee basis if appropriate.