We live in a society where making claims against people or suing others is becoming an increasingly taboo. The phrase “compensation culture” is thrown about in newspaper and online news article headlines. This is because an increasing number of morally questionable individuals started taking advantage of the legal framework. Claiming for compensation related to workplace accidents that they weren’t necessarily entitled to.
Some have exaggerated the negative impacts that incidents had on their mental and physical wellbeing. Others have purposefully created problems themselves. Unfortunately, this behaviour continues through to today and encroaches on areas such as workplace accidents and compensation, which we will mainly be focusing on.
“However, it’s important for you to remember that if you have genuinely been negatively affected by another’s actions, you may be rightfully entitled to claim something back.”
Don’t let this opportunity slide for fear of being negatively branded or associated with fraudulent individuals.
To help you to determine whether you have a genuine case or not, we’ve compiled a few of your rights and drawn together a brief run through of the compensation process. Hopefully, this should put your mind at rest if you do decide to take action!
You Have a Right to Work in a Safe Environment
When you take on a position within any company or business, it’s important that you are made familiar with your rights and that you remember them. One of your main rights as an employee is the right to work in a safe environment. Under federal law, your employer must provide you with a workplace that is absolutely free of known health and safety hazards. If you ever have any concerns with anything to do with workplace health and safety, you should also be able to talk to them about the issues at hand without having fear of reprimand or retaliation. You also have various other rights. These include:
Being trained for your role in a language that you understand.
Being provided with any safety gear required to carry out your job role.
Having access to copies of the workplace illness and injury records.
Having access to copies of tests and results carried out by your employer to ensure workplace safety.
If you feel that you have experienced an accident in the workplace that was not your fault and that was actually a result of negligence on the part of your employer or others in authority positions, chances are that you have a claim and could seek compensation.
What Is Compensation?
Worker’s compensation or comp insurance is a form of insurance that provides you with wage replacement in times when you have been made ill or injured in the workplace. Your employer may also have to provide extra compensation for the trauma you may have experienced.
How to File a Claim
In order to file a claim, you will need to get in touch with a reliable lawyer. They will be able to review the details of the incident and put together a case if they believe that, by law, you are entitled to compensation.
Hopefully, this has helped to clear up the confusion that so often surrounds compensation and workplace accidents. Never be afraid to request what you are entitled to!