Self-Employed Worker Claims- What You Need to Know

March 7, 2017
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 Work accidents can arise in many different situations. If there’s been an accident at work, your employer will be held responsible. You can file a claim through your lawyer and get compensation for the medical fee that you had to pay as a result. However, what about if you are self-employed? In the UK, almost 15% of the workforce is self-employed, with the numbers likely to grow in the future. More and more people are starting their own businesses and taking charge of their lives.

Rather than working for others, these people work for themselves. They take much fewer days off as compared to others, and are also quite motivated to work. However, like employed individuals, self-employed individuals also have the right to file a compensation. Self employed claims are handled separately from other types of claims. Claims can be filed for a variety of different reasons. For instance, you could file a claim if you have sustained a physical injury, are suffering from a disease or illness, or if there has been an injury due to faulty goods or circumstances in the workplace. Psychological issues can also be caused if you are facing constant harassment in the workplace. If you have sustained an injury in the workplace while you are self-employed, it’s important that you follow the right steps to file for compensation. The most important thing is to find a solicitor who specialises in handling work injury claims.

Since there are so many injury hazards that can arise in the workplace, the nature and severity of almost every claim varies wildly. As a result, you will need an experienced, reliable attorney to help you out. Here are some key things that you should know about filing a claim as a self employed person.

The Compensation Varies Based on Injury

There’s no fixed amount of compensation that you might receive as a result of the injury. The compensation that you get generally varies based on the extent of the injury. If you have suffered from a serious injury, such as broken bones or damage to the muscles, the compensation will likely be higher. Other injuries, such as asbestos related diseases, burns, or strain injuries are also different, so the compensation will vary as a result.

Valid Grounds to File a Claim

There are many different valid grounds due to which you might be eligible to file a claim. For instance, if you have been injured due to falling objects, improper training, ignorance of Health and Safety Regulations, defective equipment, noxious substances, negligence of colleagues, or a simple trip, you might be eligible for compensation. You should hire an experienced attorney to handle the case. The lawyer will help you get the compensation you deserve. Keep in mind that the claims process can take several weeks to conclude depending upon the nature of the claim that has been filed. Talk to several lawyers to get a better idea about which lawyer is best to handle the case.

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