A new report jointly published by the TUC and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has exploded the myth of ‘compensation culture’. The inquiry found that workplace compensation cases have fallen by more than half in the last decade, down from 183,342 claims in 2002-2003 to 91,115 in 2012-2013.
In spite of that decline, the Government is making it even harden for workers to pursue claims of employer negligence by taking the burden of proof away from the employer and increasing the costs employees have to pay to have their case heard.
The report said that more than six out of seven (86 per cent) of workers who are injured or made ill at work get no compensation whatsoever.
Each year around 500,000 people are made ill as a result of doing their job and a further 110,000 are injured while carrying out their daily duties.
Compensation payouts are strictly designed to compensate for actual loss, including pain and suffering, loss of earnings and future losses, all of which are carefully calculated.
The report stated “these damages are not a gift or windfall for the injured individual, as every case is calculated to the penny with the sole aim of putting claimants back to the position they were in before being needlessly and avoidably injured.”