Compensation myths - The truth

We recently published a news article on The Compensation Myth, a report released by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in conjunction with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). The report debunked common myths about compensation claims and raised interesting ideas on how the compensation bill can be reduced.

In recent weeks we’ve looked at all seven compensation myths. The most recent being; Lawyers often drag these cases on unnecessarily to keep their costs up. This week, instead of focusing on myths we wanted to look at a few truths:

Truth one: If employers stopped acting in a negligent way their employees wouldn’t be injured as a result

If employers followed guidelines set out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) then fewer employees would be injured in the workplace as a result of negligence. 

Truth two: Insurance premiums should be linked to risk within a specific workplace

The headlines talk about claims leading to a rise in insurance premiums, but this can be tackled by offering risk based premiums that reflect an employer’s health and safety record. If a company follows guidelines and works hard to ensure that their employees work in an environment free from negligence this should be reflected in their premiums. Likewise, if a company is prone to putting their employees at risk of injury they should be penalised.

Truth three: Give employees injured in the workplace earlier access to rehabilitation and treatment

The earlier a person, who is injured, begins rehabilitation and treatment the better the chance of them making a full recovery. We find that in a majority of accident at work cases, the client’s primary focus is to recover quickly and get back to work.

There will always be myths surrounding compensation claims, often spread through misunderstanding. At Paul Rooney Solicitors we feel that the more information people have the better. That’s why we offer free advice for people who have suffered an injury through no fault of their own. The truth is out there, if you know where to look.

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