The Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) works to recover costs incurred by the NHS when a personal injury occurs. As such, the statistics they record are a useful indication of current trends in personal injury claims. In May 2017, the latest CRU statistics were released, which show the volume of claims involving employer’s liability at its lowest point in over 7 years.
Previously, the number of claims involving accidents at work appeared to be on the rise, when it increased from 81,470 to 105,291 from 2010 to 2014. Figures published since, have actually shown this figure fall to 73,355, approximately a 10% decrease from the figure published for the year 2010/11. This fall may illustrate a decline in the occurrence of accidents at work and may also be indicative of increased health and safety standards in the workplace. However, it could also suggest that sadly, people aren’t getting the compensation they need, as they are not bringing a claim due to the false assumption that it may cost them their job.
Further figures show a drastic increase in the settlements being recorded by the Compensation Recovery Unit. From the year 2015/16, there has been a 35% increase in the number of accident at work claims being settled. Remarkably, one statistic which hasn’t changed that much is the amount CRU recovers from claims of this type. Since they changed the way they recorded data in 2010, the Compensation Recovery Unit has recovered approximately 55% of recoveries from claims where there had been an accident at work.
Smith Jones Solicitors have specialist solicitors who have been dealing with accident at work claims for many years. We utilise this experience when assisting you in your claim for compensation, to maximise the damages you may be awarded. We also understand any apprehension you may feel in pursuing your employer for compensation. Our many years specialising in this area means that our team knows the best way of bringing a claim against your employer. Moreover, your employer has a legal duty to insure themselves against potential accidents and so their involvement will be kept to a minimum as their insurer will likely act on their behalf.
Our expertise in accident at work claims speaks for itself. Brett Dixon, Consultant Solicitor with the firm, is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and was recently elected President of the Association. Annually, Brett writes and delivers the Accident at Work update course to other lawyers across the UK. He is also a member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee, and will be working on and editing the next edition of the APIL Guide to Accidents at Work which will be published later this year. Having access to this type of experience and expertise is invaluable when it comes to providing the best advice to our clients.
You can read more about making an accident at work claim here. If you have any questions, you can speak to one of our experts by calling 0800 195 95 90. Our friendly team will listen to your concerns and advise you of the best way forward.