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If I’m No Longer Working At The Place Where I Got My Injury Can I Still Claim?

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If you have been injured in an accident at work but you are no longer working for that company, then you can still make a claim. Your past, present and future employment status has no bearing whatsoever on your ability to make a claim. So whether you left your old job for a new one or you were sacked, you can still make a claim for financial compensation.

Making a Claim Against an Old Employer

If you had an accident at work, first of all it’s important to ascertain your current eligibility to make a claim. Personal injury claims actually have a time limit in the UK. That time limit is three years from the date your injuries became clear. This is known as your Date of Knowledge or your Date of Limitation. After three years, your case will be statute barred, making it impossible to bring your compensation for industrial injuries claim forward.

If I’m No Longer Working At The Place Where I Got My Injury Can I Still Claim?

If your accident was less than three years ago, then you meet this criteria, and you can put a claim in. Your claim will not be against your employer personally, but rather your employer’s insurance company (if they have insurance). If it is found your employer does not have sufficient insurance, then your claim will be against your old employer directly.

I was sacked from My Job After My Accident. Where do I stand?

If you were sacked from your job because of your accident, or you were forced to leave the job because your hours or overtime were reduced, then not only could you put in a claim for your accident, you could also put in a claim for significant loss of earnings if it can be proved that you were punished as a result of your accident. Indeed, your employer could even be pulled into an employment tribunal. It’s important to remember that the law makes it very clear it is illegal to punish an employee for no good reason, and that the law is on your side.

I know My Old Employer Personally, and I Feel Bad about making a Claim?

While the claims process is a legal one, it’s only natural for you to feel bad for making a claim if you know and get on with your old employer. However, if your old employer failed in their duty to protect you, it is your right to make a claim and if you have gone through pain and suffering for your accident and you have been left financially disadvantaged because of it, then we’d say it’s only fair that you get compensation to help you get your life back on track. Of course, the decision to make a claim is entirely up to you, however.