Will a claim like this stop me getting jobs in the future?
Making a claim against your employer will not affect your chances of getting a job in the future. There is legislation in place to protect workers who have been injured in an accident at work, and this includes protection from discrimination.
Many people who wouldn’t hesitate to claim compensation following a trip or fall, or in the event of a car accident which wasn’t their fault, are reluctant when it comes to launching a claim for compensation following an accident at work. One of the reasons for this is an ingrained feeling that risk is just part and parcel of many jobs and that sometimes things will go wrong. Whilst it’s true that some jobs (fire fighter, for example) carry more risk than others, the crucial point is that, in every case, your employer should do everything they can to make sure that your working environment is as a safe as it can be. If they fail in this duty of care, and that failure results in you being injured, then you’ve every right to put in a claim for compensation.
Another factor which often puts people off claiming for injury in the workplace is a fear that it may adversely affect their working conditions, perhaps up to and including leading to them being sacked. The truth, however, is that there are strict laws against employees being treated in this manner, and any employer who discriminated in this way would find themselves facing punishments and fines far worse than any compensation pay out.
Another fear which people also have is that making, and indeed winning, a claim for workplace compensation will see them being labelled as a trouble causer and will make it difficult for them to get a job in the future. Once again, however, there are strict laws in place, with legislation forbidding a prospective employer from even asking if you’ve ever been involved in this kind of legal action. Anyone who does ask a question of this kind would be likely to find themselves hauled before the kind of tribunal they clearly have some kind of problem with.
What all of this adds up to is the simple fact that the only thing to consider when deciding whether to pursue a compensation claim is the strength of your case. A personal injury lawyer, working on a no win no fee basis, will examine all of the evidence and, if you have a realistic chance of succeeding, will build the strongest possible case.