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One in five seriously injured forced to leave job

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  • A new survey by claims management company National Accident Helpline has revealed the likelihood that a person with a life-changing injury will have to leave their job.
  • According to the company’s Life-Changing Injuries Survey, carried out this month, of those who had suffered a life-changing injury, over one in five (21 percent) had to leave their job.
  • Almost half of seriously injured people (46 percent) were forced to make lifestyle changes, while almost a third (29 percent) are now registered disabled.

Marcus Lamont, Group HR Director at National Accident Helpline, said: “It’s a shame to find out that more than one in five people with a life-changing injury have to leave their job. “This just shows how valuable it is for HR professionals to be properly trained in how to support employees who have sustained a serious injury.” The survey builds upon data collected by the company’s Real Cost of Personal Injury Report, earlier this year, which revealed the wide-ranging issues suffered by those who have sustained a personal injury, along with the reasons for making a claim. The Real Cost of Personal Injury Report, carried out in May 2016, showed that, contrary to public opinion, financial recompense was not the only reason for making a compensation claim.

Almost a third (32 percent) of those who made a claim said they wanted to make sure the same accident couldn’t happen to someone else. Respondents also cited feelings of anger and frustration at those who had caused their accident, and in many cases a desire for an apology. 47 percent were angry and / or frustrated with the person or company who caused their accident; 37 percent were keen for the person or company at fault to acknowledge responsibility and apologise. You can find the full details of the Real Cost of Personal Injury Report, as well as their Life-Changing Injuries Survey, on the National Accident Helpline website.

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