Compensation payouts underestimated for injury at work

Many people underestimate how much money they could be awarded after an injury at work, according to research.

Personal injury solicitors Hubbard Pegman & Whitney (HPW) found that few people realised how high the average compensation payouts were.

The firm insisted that the poll of 2,000 adults proved that the UK does not have a compensation culture.

While total compensation awards for fracturing an arm at work are typically about £6,000, 61% of those surveyed estimated the payout would be under £5,000.

The typical compensation awarded for a leg broken at work is £8,650, according to the solicitors, but 46% of adults expected £5,000 or less.

Charlotte Pegman, managing partner at HPW said: “Not only are most compensation awards unspectacular, but most people actually have very modest expectations – typically in-line with average awards or even expecting substantially less.

“Our research indicates to us that most people only want fair and reasonable compensation when they are injured at work. While large compensation awards for seemingly minor injuries and slights rightly attract hostile media attention, the reality is that awards for most workplace injuries – often nasty ones – are generally much more modest.”

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