Accident at Work

Accident at Work? Understanding Sick Pay and Your Rights

Injured at work? Understand sick pay and rights.

An accident at work can be a disorienting experience. You might be dealing with pain, shock, and the sudden disruption to your routine. On top of that, financial worries can quickly arise, especially if you’re unsure about sick pay and your rights as an employee.

This guide aims to equip you with clear information about sick pay entitlement and your legal rights following a workplace accident in the UK. We’ll cover everything from reporting the incident and receiving medical attention to understanding sick pay options and the possibility of making an injury at work claim.

Reporting the Accident and Seeking Medical Attention

Your first priority after a workplace accident should be your health. Seek immediate medical attention, whether it’s from the on-site first-aider or a visit to your GP. Getting a medical professional to assess your injuries and provide treatment is crucial for both your recovery and establishing a record of the accident.

Next, report the incident to your employer. Most workplaces have a designated accident book where you can log the details of what happened. If there isn’t one, report it to your supervisor or line manager in writing. This documentation serves as vital evidence if you need to claim sick pay or pursue legal action later.

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Understanding Your Sick Pay Options

There are two main types of sick pay you might be entitled to after a workplace accident:

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP):

This is a government program that provides financial support to eligible employees who are unable to work due to illness or injury. To qualify for SSP, you must meet specific criteria, including having a qualifying level of earnings and being employed for at least three months before your illness or injury.

Contractual Sick Pay:

Many employers offer their own sick pay schemes that may provide a higher rate of pay or longer periods of cover than SSP. Check your employment contract or staff handbook to see if your employer has a contractual sick pay scheme in place.

The amount of sick pay you receive will depend on the specific scheme you’re eligible for. It’s important to understand the details of your sick pay entitlement, including waiting days, qualifying criteria, and the duration of cover. If you’re unsure about your eligibility or have questions about the process of claiming sick pay, don’t hesitate to speak to your employer’s HR department or a Citizens Advice representative .

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Your Rights and Responsibilities After a Workplace Accident

Following a workplace accident, you have several important rights as an employee:

The Right to a Safe Work Environment:

Your employer has a legal duty to ensure your safety at work by taking reasonable steps to minimize risks and provide adequate training on health and safety procedures.

The Right to Report Unsafe Conditions:

You have the right to report any safety concerns or hazards in your workplace without fear of reprisal.

The Right to Compensation:

If your accident was caused by your employer’s negligence, you might be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries, lost earnings, and other associated costs.

However, you also have certain responsibilities after a workplace accident. These include:

  • Reporting the Accident: As mentioned earlier, you’re obligated to report the accident to your employer.
  • Cooperating with Investigations: Your employer might conduct an investigation into the accident.
  • Seeking Medical Attention: Getting proper medical treatment is crucial for both your well-being and establishing a record of your injuries.

Making a Personal Injury Claim with National Claims: Here When Work Lets You Down

At National Claims, we understand that workplace accidents can be devastating. You’re not just dealing with physical injuries, but the disruption to your income and potential long-term effects on your livelihood. If you’ve been injured due to your employer’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. National Claims can help you navigate the claims process.

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Our initial consultation is completely free. We’ll listen attentively as you describe your accident and its aftermath. During this consultation, a qualified member of our team will assess the details of your case and advise you on the potential strength of your claim.

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National Claims operates on a “No Win, No Fee” basis. We believe everyone deserves access to legal representation, regardless of financial constraints. There are no upfront fees associated with working with us.

*Customers pay up to 25% (incl. VAT) of the amount recovered towards solicitor costs and if you cancel outside your cooling off period, you may be charged a fee.


An accident at work can be a disruptive and stressful experience. However, by understanding your rights regarding sick pay, potential compensation, and workplace safety, you can navigate this challenging time with greater clarity and confidence.

Remember, prioritizing your health and well-being is paramount. Seek immediate medical attention, report the accident to your employer, and communicate openly about your recovery needs.

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