It is thought that 8.1 million people in the UK are employed on a part-time basis, partly explained by the lack of full time vacancies caused by a double-dip recession. With such a high number working on a part-time basis, it is perhaps unsurprising that there are a significant number of personal injury claims pursued by part-time employees each year.
We often find that part-time workers are particularly apprehensive about bringing a personal injury claim. It is therefore important to dispel two main myths about claiming compensation against your employer as a part-time worker.
1. As a part-time worker, I don’t have the same rights as full-timers
This is simply not the case. If you sustain an injury in the workplace and it was not your fault, you have the same entitlements to a compensation claim as a full-time worker.
If you are negligently injured in part-time employment, your employer will have an insurance policy which accounts for you. The Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act of 1969 made it compulsory for employers to hold Employers’ Liability Insurance. These insurance policies must cover every worker at the establishment, irrespective of their employment status. Therefore, if you are eligible to make a claim, your employer will have adequate protection from their insurers to cover the cost.
2. If I bring a claim against my employer, I’ll be sacked
Laws are in place to ensure that employers cannot sack you simply because you have made a compensation claim against them. In fact, employers can be very supportive throughout your claim Larger employers are often very used to the claims process and are committed to ensuring the welfare of their employees. After all, they pay their insurance premiums, so they may as well use the policy.
Part-Time Employment Injury Claim?
If you would like to discuss making a possible injury claim against a part-time employer, our personal injury solicitors can offer expert advice and a friendly service. Why not call or email us today?