“Compensation Myth” exposed as 85% of injured workers don’t claim for accidents at work

The media would have us believe that we live in a “compensation culture”, in which thousands of people play the system to receive pay-outs they don’t deserve. But a report recently published by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Trade Union Congress revealed that the opposite may in fact be true.

Entitled ‘The Compensation Myth’, the report found that whilst 610,000 people were injured at work in 2012-13, only 90,000 successful compensation claims were made.

This means that around 85% of people injured or made ill at work do not recover any compensation. Indeed, the report demonstrates that even the overall number of claims is dropping. There were 183,342 accident at work claims in 2002. By 2012, this had more than halved to 91,115.