Moffat & Co Solicitors

Moffat & Co Solicitors
Accident Compensation Claim Solicitors Scotland
PO Box 28287
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH9 2WU
Telephone:
0131 662 6988
Fax:
0131 667 8175

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TUC Annoyed About Difficulties Claiming For Work Related Illness

In a press release the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have suggested that government figures regarding compensation claims for work related disease do not accurately reflect the image of a UK ‘compensation culture’ which has been so heavily promoted. People are in fact making work related illness claims much less often now than they were in 2001. This suggests that when it comes to work related diseases claims, there is far from a ‘compensation culture’ at all. The TUC have their suspicions that the aim of the government is to make it far more difficult for people to make compensation claims and to weaken workplace health and safety laws. One proposed cut is of workplace inspections, which would save the Tories money.

Figures show a 60% fall in compensation awarded to workers in the past ten years. Only a tiny proportion of cases actually result in a successful pay out. 59 of the 4000 individuals who passed away from work related bronchitis and emphysema received compensation, less than 1 in 50 work related cancer sufferers received compensation and 293 of 221,000 people suffering from stress, anxiety and depression received compensation. It is patently obvious that it is extremely difficult to be successful in a work related illness compensation case.

Following changes to health and safety law, the TUC do not believe that workers are going to be properly protected by the law if they contract a work related disease. This means that even more people may not be awarded the compensation they rightly deserve. With compensation awards already at an extremely low level, this is concerning for people who are living with serious diseases that leave them unable to earn a living and in pain and discomfort.

The TUC are also concerned that the government’s new approach to health and safety legislation is going to increase the number of accidents, injuries and work related illness in the workplace. This would seemingly increase the risk that individuals are in at work, but reduce the legal support they have if anything goes wrong. In the government’s defense, they have said the changes are aimed at 'ensuring workers get the protections they need by making sure health and safety rules are easier to understand, administer and enforce. The burden of health and safety red tape had become too great.'

However, the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Health and Safety, Jim Sheridan has spoken out regarding the statistics. He takes a similar stance to the TUC and has said the government 'is simply undermining the important issue of health and safety at work. The government's approach to health and safety encourages bad employers.'

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Since contacting Stan I was continously informed of the development and progress of each step of my claim. Stan was persistent and patient throughout the whole process and reassured me he would win me the compensation I deserved - and he was true to his word. I am extremely happy with the outcome of my claim and this is all thanks to Stan.

Sarah

My case was dealt with personally by Stan Moffat and what a brilliant guy. His office contacted me personally by telephone at the start of my claim to explain who they were and what they would be doing for me. All through the case I was kept fully informed of all actions either by e-mail or by letter and reassured by Stan several times of any queries I had.

It is very seldom that a solicitor will take the time to speak personally at any time with you without getting run through secretaries etc. I commend this man for that as this was a very upsetting and important time for me and he did everything in his power to make this as easy and as swift as possible for me.

I highly recommend the service that this firm brings and the speed that they move at.

J McMahon

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