In this weekly series, we look at the seven compensation myths as first detailed in a joint release by the Association of Personal Injury Solicitors (APIL) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

We revisit the myths on compensation claims and see if they still hold true in the hope that the phrase ‘compensation myth’ will finally be put to bed.

In last week’s article we debunked the myth that compensation claims are spiralling out of control, by comparing the drop in numbers across a wide range of compensation claims statistics from 2014 to present day.

This week, we take a closer look at the second of the seven myths;

Workers are too ready to claim compensation

Back in 2014, the compensation myth highlighted the statement that workers are too ready to claim compensation as inaccurate. Backed up by reports from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it found that six out of every seven workers who are injured or made ill through work receive no compensation at all.

In 2014, around 90,000 people a year received compensation from their employer, undeniably a big number. However it’s a relatively small percentage when the number of workers who are made ill as a result of their job is half a million, with a further 110,000 suffering an injury. But how do those figures stack up today?

According to the HSE, 1.3 million workers suffer from a work-related illness, with 30.4 million working days lots to work-related illness or injury. Figures by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) reveal that 621,000 people were injured in the workplace, while 137 workers were killed in the workplace (2016/17).

Figures published by the Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) revealed that there were 73,355 claims made against employers in 2016/17, a decrease of 17,760 or 19%.


When you consider that almost 2 million workers suffer from a workplace illness or injury, 73,355 of them bringing a claim equates to 3.6%. Compare that to 14.7% for the 2014 period and the ‘epidemic’ of workers beating down their employers’ door with spurious claims is most definitely a myth.