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One in five seriously injured employees have to leave their job

Employment Law & HR
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Note: this article was first written by our colleagues at Solve HR, before Solve HR joined Law At Work in March 2020. We have imported this...

New survey results from National Accident Helpline, a claims management company have revealed the likelihood that a person with a life-changing injury will have to leave their job. The company's Life-Changing Injuries Survey, carried out in September 2016, states that of those who suffered a life-changing injury, over one in five (21%) had to leave their job. Almost half of seriously injured people (46%) were forced to make lifestyle changes, while almost a third (29%) are now registered disabled. Group HR Director, Marcus Lamont, at National Accident Helpline, said: "It's a shame to find out that more than one in five people with a life-changing injury have to leave their job. '"This just shows how valuable it is for HR professionals to be properly trained in how to support employees who have sustained a serious injury." The survey builds upon data collected by the company's Real Cost of Personal Injury Report, carried out in May 2016. This report revealed the wide-ranging issues suffered by those who had sustained a personal injury, along with the reasons for making a claim. The Real Cost of Personal Injury Report showed that, contrary to public opinion, financial recompense was not the only reason for making a compensation claim. Almost a third (32%) of those who made a claim said they wanted to make sure the same accident couldn't happen to someone else. - 47% were angry and / or frustrated with the person or company who caused their accident - 37% were keen for the person or company at fault to acknowledge responsibility and apologise You can find the full details of the Real Cost of Personal Injury Report, as well as their Life-Changing Injuries Survey, on the National Accident Helpline website. National Accident Helpline's Life-Changing Injuries Survey was carried out through Google Surveys in September 2016 and gained a total of 2,411 responses from people in the UK. "If you know someone who's suffered a serious or life-changing injury, National Accident Helpline's serious injury information hub could help."

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