Under new government plans, injured workers will have to fight harder to get the compensation they deserve. Making employees prove the company’s negligence favours insurance businesses over the average taxpayers.
Compensation will be reduced for injured employees to reduce the need for companies to bulletproof their health and safety system. It’s believed that this will increase the number of courtroom battles, even if the amount of claims are reduced, thanks to a new clause in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform bill.
What Does This Mean for Employees?
This legislation strips companies of their responsibilities towards their workers, making them no longer strictly liable for their welfare. Instead, the onus is on the employee to prove that it the business was at fault. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is up in arms over this new reform.
The latest clause was slipped in to the reform to counteract what the government is calling a ‘claims culture’ and ‘too much red tape.’ The Conservative minister, Matthew Hancock, went as far as to call health and safety a ‘burden.’ Their aim is to reassure employers, arguably neglecting workers in the process, who’re the most vulnerable party.
The government has succeeded in overwriting welfare legislation that has been in place since the 1970s. Claimants will have the cases they can pursue restricted and will be guaranteed less compensation for their injuries, even if that money is necessary to pay for medical attention or lost wages.
According to the reform document, it’s unfair to penalise businesses, when they’ve taken every reasonable precaution to protect their staff.
Is This a Reasonable Reform?
For many, this means putting all the power back into the hands of massive corporations, making it exceptionally difficult for victims to prove negligence. Very rarely is it possible to provide concrete evidence – all of the relevant information will be in the hands of the defence, to do with what they like. Many see this as a step back when victims could be lying in the hospital for weeks, while the evidence is eradicated.
Does this reform make any sense? Contact Surrey solicitors if you’ve been injured at work to see if you can still claim the damages you deserve.
Instead of receiving compensation from the company at fault, injured victims will have to rely on state support, through the NHS and other publically funded benefits. Basically, the taxpayer picks up the bill, while the victim’s quality of life depletes. Yeah, let’s just get the taxpayers to pay for yet another government reform that benefits businesses and the wildly rich, while the poor struggle to feed their children.
Of course, insurance companies welcome the reforms, as they are set to profit considerably from this legislative change. The current system is being called ‘over-compliance to health and safety.’ As if businesses are taking too much care of their employees…
The TUC is calling this reform what it is: ‘a disgrace.’ Many injured workers will now find it impossible to claim compensation for life-affecting injuries which weren’t their fault.