Personal-injury lawyers debunk compensation myth

Despite the fact that more than 120,000 injuries in the workplace were reported to the HSE last year, people are not as willing to jump on the ‘compensation bandwagon’ as is widely believed.

This is according to Lord Young’s number-one target, personal-injury lawyers, who revealed that a quarter of people who took part in a recent survey would not make a claim if they were seriously injured using faulty, or unsuitable equipment in the workplace.

The survey was carried out by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), whose president, Muiris Lyons, commented: “Many of us have suffered an injury though no fault of our own at work but there seems to be a real reluctance to make a claim in cases of negligence. Most employees will have built a rapport with their employer over a period of time and, if a case of negligence occurs in the workplace, some individuals could feel embarrassed, or think that there may be a stigma attached if they are seen making a claim against their employer. Some may fear that if they make a claim, their career may be put a risk, or that they might be looked upon as a trouble-maker.”

The findings appear to go against the widespread perception – fuelled by Lord Young’s review of health and safety, in which the Tory peer promised a crackdown on the ‘compensation culture’, as well as restrictions on the operation of personal-injury lawyers – that people are too quick to look for someone to blame for incidents, and are mainly concerned with getting as much money as they can for their trouble.

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