Where you have been injured in an accident, a common consequence is that you will not be fit for work for a period of time.
We often find that our personal injury clients who are victims of accidents in the workplace – in situations where it was the employer’s breach of duty that caused the accident – only decide to make a claim at all because during their absence they receive wages at a reduced rate. It seems unfair that not only have you been injured due to your employer’s fault but you then also suffer a personal / family financial crisis.
Some employers have a company sick pay scheme, usually set out in the employee’s written terms and conditions. If you have the benefit of a scheme like this, it will often mean you getting full pay for some weeks or months, then half pay, eventually reducing to nil.
If you are injured and there is no employer’s scheme in place, you may still be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP), the standard weekly rate for which is currently £85.85 (January 2013). More – and updated – information can be obtained from GOV.UK
If you make a personal injury claim arising out of an accident (including a work accident), any wage loss you suffer can form part of the claim. So, if you normally earn £200 per week net but following an accident are unable to work and receive only SSP at the standard rate, you would have a claim for wage loss at the rate of about £115 per week for as many weeks as you were off due to the accident.
Moray Claims’ expert personal injury solicitors can provide you with free, no-obligation advice if you have been injured at work and you should not hesitate to contact us for help.
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The following article on this website discusses in some detail the situation where you are off work after an accident and what rights you have to receive pay (or other benefits).