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Statutory Sick Pay: What are your rights?

If you have suffered an injury following an accident an accident at work, one thing that is probably at the forefront of your mind is safeguarding your financial situation.

At first it can be quite puzzling trying to figure out how much you could be entitled to for your injury, on top of everything else that you will have to contend with.

If you have been unfortunate enough to have been involved in a workplace accident and need free expert advice on what steps to take next, just call our dedicated legal team now on 0800 01 54321.

Our statutory sick pay guide

If you have been forced to spend time off work after suffering from an injury, then you could be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

Essentially, SSP is a weekly sum of money that employers are legally obliged to pay to employees who meet the qualifying criteria and are too ill to work.

The minimum amount of Statutory Sick Pay is £89.35 a week*. Some companies may have bespoke sick pay schemes which pay out more than this, so it is important that you check the terms of your contract.

SSP can be paid for a maximum of 28 weeks, and you are only eligible to secure SSP if you have been off work ill for four consecutive days.

If you reach the end of the 28 week period and you are still unable to return to work due to your injuries, then you may be able to receive further financial support via Employment and Support Allowance.

There are some scenarios where you will not be able to receive SSP, for example:

  • If your injury has not forced you to be off work for at least 4 days in a row
  • You are either self-employed or work in the armed forces
  • Your weekly earnings are below £113 (after tax)
  • You haven’t complied with your employer’s rules regarding sick pay
  • You are already receiving Statutory Maternity Pay
  • You have already received your full entitlement of SSP (28 weeks) within the last 8 weeks

On top of this, it is important to note that agency workers are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay.

What if Statutory Sick Pay is not enough?

In many cases, the fees paid in Statutory Sick Pay are not adequate enough for those who have been affected by illness or injury to make ends meet or sustain their usual quality of life.

If you have had to spend time off work due to an injury that you sustained within the workplace you may be entitled to claim thousands of pounds in accident at work compensation, as well as the shortfall between your regular earnings and the sick pay you actually received.

If your injuries were caused as a result of your employers’ negligence, then our legal specialists can assist you in securing the justice that you deserve for your troubles.

You can look to make a claim provided the incident you suffered in has occurred within the last three years.

Every claim that we pursue here at Your Accident at Work Claims is carried out on a no win no fee basis.

For more info on making a no win no fee claim or to discover how much compensation you could claim, contact the specialist team at Your Accident at Work Claims now.

How to get in touch

We know how distressing it can be to suffer an injury through no fault of your own, which is why we have made the process of making a claim with us as quick and as simple as possible.

To speak directly to a friendly and knowledgeable legal advisor about making a claim, give our personal injury helpline a call today on 0800 01 54321.

Alternatively if you can’t contact us over the phone right now, you can also get in touch with us by providing us with a few of your details and starting you claim online.

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