Disabilities & Accidents At Work

It is regretfully easy for an accident to happen at work, whether you are able bodied or disabled. The result is often the same- a personal injury. Any existing disabilities can be worsened by such a personal injury–or you can become disabled following an accident at work.

Aside from a lengthy recovery, equally lengthy rehabilitation, any number of medical treatments, there are also concerns for family and finances at that time. However, following any workplace accident, you the injured party, whether disabled or able bodied, do have rights.fit

If off sick (resulting from an accident or injury at work or not), and the illness or injury persists for more that seven days, then the employee is required to provide a “Fit Note” from a doctor, denoting whether they are fit to return to work or not. Both employer and employee should act accordingly as to what the fit note declares.

If the illness or injury persists for four weeks, then the employee is deemed to be “Long Term Sick.” Any return to work should be negotiated by both employer and employee, taking both into equal consideration. Whilst considered Long Term Sick, the employer does have the right to renegotiate any contract with the employee (for example, altering a contract to part time or flexible working hours), and (in the last resort) to dismiss the employee in question following due process.

If the accident at work leaves the employee disabled, then the employer has to make “reasonable adjustments” to their working conditions or environment to make their return to work easier. Following certain accidents at work, lengthy rehabilitation might be necessary, or physiotherapy, occupational therapy, or similar courses of treatment. Employers should take that into consideration, and make reasonable allowances for that.