A new system for providing injury compensation to those involved in accidents at work needs to be created by the next government, according to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
The association is urging the government to set up a fund of last resort for employers’ liability claims as well as a compulsory database of insurance information.
"All employees have the right to go to work and come home unharmed. But, when they are injured or made ill by their employers, they must be able to claim fair compensation for their injuries," said Muiris Lyons, president at APIL.
He went on to say that, in order for them to do this, they need to be able to trace their employers’ insurers – which currently cannot be done as the existing system does not work.
Last month, the Association for British Insurers welcomed the introduction of a simpler, faster and more cost-effective compensation system for those involved in car accidents.
It means that claims for car accident compensation will now take no more than nine months to settle, as opposed to two years, which was the previous standard time frame.
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