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Will I risk my employment by making a claim against my employer?

It is common knowledge that if you have an accident that causes you injury and this is someone else’s fault that you may well have a personal injury claim – but what if the accident happened at work?

The prospect of taking legal action against your employer can be a daunting one – will it change things at work? Will they be annoyed with me? Might I lose my job – Luckily, the law offers protection to employees in this situation.

Employers are required to have insurance in place in relation to such claims and to provide a safe working environment to staff.

Therefore, many employers take such claims in their stride.

However, for those that don’t, an individual’s employment rights protect against any ill treatment or dismissal caused by an employee pursuing a personal injury claim.

Employees with over two years’ service can only be dismissed for a ‘fair reason’ under UK employment law.

These relate to various areas of the employment relationship such as misconduct, poor performance and redundancy.

Therefore, if an employee is dismissed for bringing a personal injury claim this may well give rise to an unfair dismissal claim against the employer.

Unfair dismissal claims can normally only be brought by employees who have more than two years’ service, however, the law also protects employees with less than 2 years’ service in some circumstances and the bringing of a personal injury claim attracts this protection.

This is on the basis that employees are protected from being dismissed, or treated poorly, due to having brought a protected disclosure or having ‘whistle blown’.

Bringing a complaint that your employer has breached their legal duty towards your health and safety qualifies for this protection providing the allegations are made in good faith and are in the public interest.

As health and safety at work is viewed as important in our society then nearly all personal injury claims would meet this requirement.

So, while it might be a daunting prospect to bring a claim against your employer remember they are legally prohibited from subjecting you to any ill treatment, including dismissal, because of the claim.

If you feel that you have been subjected to any ill treatment due to this, then you should seek legal advice as you may have a claim in the Employment Tribunal against your employer.

At Minster Law we have a specialist employment team who can provide this advice.

Why choose Minster Law for your claim?

  • Our specialist team have secured over £40 million in damages for our seriously injured clients in the last year alone.
  • As one of the largest serious injury teams in the UK, our highly experienced team work alongside some of the UK’s leading Barristers and medical experts, ensuring you have access to the very best advice and support.
  • Our competitive and clear funding options allow you to properly understand how you’ll fund your claim.
  • We work nationally - no matter where you are, we can provide the advice you need and offer face to face support.

Speak to an expert today

We offer an initial free call and can be contacted on pls@minsterlaw.co.uk or 0345 600 6980.