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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 five of the seven myths. Recently we looked at the suggestion it is unfair that insurance companies should have to pay out for diseases such as asbestos-related diseases when they could not have known the risks. This week we’re looking at:
Myth 6: Many of these cases would not be taken if unions did not encourage their members to claim
Trade unions can be traced back as far as the 18th century, the period of rapid expansion of industrial society. Women, children, immigrants and rural workers were pooled into large work forces, and it soon became apparent that the voice of the many outweighed the few. Unions were formed to protect the rights of workers, and provide safe working environments and fair pay for their members.
A common myth is that unions encourage their workers to claim for injuries in the workplace. It’s justifiably true, as the role of those unions is to uphold a worker’s rights and seek justice for their members if they feel they have been let down. If a worker has been injured due to negligence in their workplace, then they are entitled to make a claim.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) often publish stories of firms being fined for serious safety breaches. In those cases, the company will attempt to put right those concerns to ensure that in the future their workers enjoy a safe working environment.
It’s no secret that some law firms previously paid referral fees to insurance companies and claims management firms for cases. However, if unions were cynically encouraging their members to make claims, figures would have risen in that period, yet they have actually fallen by almost 50% over the last ten years.
We, like unions, are in the business of seeking justice and, where appropriate, redress for our clients. We work hard to ensure that our clients are able to maintain the standard of living they experienced prior to an accident at work that was not their fault.