There are many people who think you can’t claim personal injury compensation if you don’t take time off work. This simple misunderstanding often prevents individuals from making any sort of claim whatsoever or even contacting their local solicitor in the first place.
The truth is that you can still claim even if you haven’t taken any time off work at all. You still have a right to compensation for the pain and discomfort the injury may have caused.
Whether you decide to go back to work will depend on the type of the job you do and the way your injury affects your ability to do it. For instance, someone with a shoulder injury may well be able to function properly in an office environment but if they are working on a construction site, things will be more difficult.
Always Get Medical Advice
If you have suffered an injury because of an accident that wasn’t your fault, you should always get yourself checked out by a doctor first. They may well advise that you take time off work so that you can recover. There may be plenty of reasons why you want to ignore this advice, however. Perhaps there are pressures at work, or you simply feel able to get on with things despite your injury.
That choice shouldn’t stop you from making a compensation claim for the pain and discomfort caused. It’s important to sit down with a solicitor as soon as you can to discuss the way forward, whether you are still in work or not.
Taking Time Off Work
If you have taken time off work because of the injury, it’s important to document everything and follow the rules that you employer has for sickness and absence. You can normally self-certificate for the first week and then need to get a doctor’s note for any time after that, but it’s worth checking with your HR department or boss. Ensure that any paperwork such as a sick note is connected to the injury so that there is a record when you come to make your claim.
Loss of Earnings
A lot will depend on the type of work you do. If you are employed on a commission only basis, for example, taking time off is certainly going to affect your income. If you have worked for a company for a while as an office clerk, however, you will probably be covered by your employer’s sickness and absence policy, at least in the short-term. You may be self-employed, as many are nowadays, so not being able to work is going to have a huge impact on your earnings.
Whatever your circumstances, not taking time off work shouldn’t stop you from claiming for a personal injury that was caused by the negligence of another party. It’s vital that you contact a solicitor in the first instance to find out where you stand and find out what your next steps should be.
The experienced team of Solicitors at Accinet can answer all your questions about making a now win no fee claim and help you get the compensation you deserve for your injury.