Could a work injury claim stop me from getting another job?

Updated: October 9, 2020

Employees may worry about making a claim out of loyalty to their employer or concern about the effect it may have on their future job prospects. Employers cannot legally ask employees about a previous claim and cannot discriminate if they are aware. As such, a work injury claim should not affect your prospects of finding a job in the future.

Can my employer stop me making a claim?

No. Your employer cannot legally stop you making a claim. All UK employers are required by law to have employer’s liability insurance in place, so if a claim is brought against them, the compensation will be paid by the insurer.

Why might my employer discourage me from making a claim?

If a claim is brought against an employer, the cost of its employer’s liability insurance is likely to increase. To prevent an increase in their insurance premium, an employer may attempt to discourage you from making a claim. The employer may suggest compensating you directly. If the injury is minor and not likely to cause long term problems, then you may decide against making a compensation claim.

What if the employer suggests I will be made redundant?

There is legislation in place to protect the rights of employees who pursue an injury claim against their employer. If your employer suggests that your job may be at risk or adversely changes your working conditions when you return to work, they are breaking the law. If the employer does break the law, they risk further legal action for unfair or constructive dismissal.

Will a work claim harm my job prospects?

Pursuing a personal injury claim against your employer should not harm your future job prospects.

It is illegal for prospective employers to ask a candidate whether they have been involved in any legal action against a previous employer, so you will not be expected to disclose any information about your claim when applying for another job.

Have you been injured at work?

If you have been injured at work in the last 3 years, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

Find out more about making a work accident claim:

  • Do you qualify?
  • How much compensation could you get?
  • How does No Win, No Fee work?
Work accident claim guide