Local authorities are one of the UK’s largest employers, with more than a million people working for councils throughout the UK. From working in offices in administrative and financial roles through to work in waste collection and recycling facilities, the scope of work undertaken by council employees is extensive.
If you are employed by the council and you have had an accident at work within the past three years, you may be entitled to make a work accident compensation claim. Our network of personal injury lawyers have vast experience in helping people in this very position seek compensation from the council at fault for their injury.
If you would like to discuss an accident you have been involved in, or you would simply like to find out more about the process of making a claim, feel free to contact us by entering your details into the contact form above. One of our experienced claims handlers will call you back for a free consultation, and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Making an injury claim against an employer is not something that most people will take lightly. It requires careful consideration, and understandably it will raise a number of important questions. In this section we will answer some of the most common questions we receive about work accidents.
How long do I have to make a claim?
The standard time limit for making a work accident claim is three years from the date it happened. If you were under the age of 18 at the time, the three-year period begins on the day of your 18th birthday.
If you have suffered an industrial illness, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, vibration white finger or industrial deafness, there is unlikely to be a specific date when your illness occurred. These types of illnesses usually arise due to long-term exposure to hazardous working environments without the appropriate protective equipment. The important date in these circumstances is therefore the date that you first became aware that your illness was caused by your work with the council. This is referred to as the 'date of knowledge'.
Who pays the compensation?
As with any employer, local authorities are legally obliged to have adequate Employers Liability insurance to cover them for any work related accidents. If a successful claim is made, it is this insurance policy that would pay your compensation, not the council directly.
Could I lose my job if I make a claim?
Making a personal injury claim against any employer, including a local council, would not be considered as valid grounds to dismiss an employee. A person making a work related accident claim should therefore not be at risk of losing their job. If you were dismissed under these circumstances, the actions of the council are likely to be considered as unfair. Subsequently, you may be entitled to make a separate claim for unfair dismissal. This would require the assistance of an employment law solicitor, and your case may be heard by an employment tribunal, unless the council accept wrongdoing and agree to pay suitable compensation beforehand. This course of action can also lead to you being reinstated in your former job role.
Am I entitled to sick pay if I am unable to work due to the accident?
Your entitlement to sick pay will depend upon the terms stated in your contract of employment. Some employees may be entitled to full wages for a certain number of weeks, whereas others may only be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay. If you are left out of pocket due to being unable to work following an accident, your loss of earnings can be added to your compensation claim. This is known as special damages, and can also include other financial losses, such as travel expenses and the cost of medication and treatment such as physiotherapy.
How much compensation will I receive?
Compensation is judged on a case by case basis. There are guidelines provided by the Judicial Studies Board (JSB), but compensation amounts can still vary massively depending upon the extent of the injury suffered and whether there is any long lasting damage such as scarring for example. When you speak to one of our personal injury solicitors, they will fully assess the injuries you have suffered and the impact that they have had on your life. Based on the information gathered, they will be able to provide you with an estimated level of compensation that you should be looking to recover.