Personal injury scheme
Prospect's Personal Injury (PI) scheme provides quality legal advice for members, at work and in their private lives. In case of accident or disease, it can help you or your dependants to win compensation for a relatively minor injury or a life-threatening condition.
In 2011 we helped 114 claimants win a total of almost £3m in damages.
The PI scheme covers:
- accidents and illness arising from employment (members only)
- accidents and illness which are non-work related (members, partners, spouses and financially dependent members of the immediate family).
Prospect works closely with its solicitors Slater & Gordon Lawyers, formerly Russell Jones and Walker, who have a wealth of experience in civil and criminal law. Slater & Gordon have offices around the UK and offer convenient access to members. They provide professional advice and assistance and if necessary take your case through the courts.
Our fast-track phone service makes it quicker and easier to submit personal injury claims at a time convenient to you. Available to the member's partner, spouse or any financially dependent member of their immediate family.
From our casebook
Michael Scott was seriously injured on his way home from work, when his motorcycle was hit by a car. His right leg was broken in six places. He needed skin grafts, a 12-inch steel pin and many operations. He eventually returned to work on light duties, but in 2003 reluctantly took medical retirement. Prospect's solicitors helped him claim damages and won a six-figure settlement.
"The union's solicitors were brilliant," said Michael. "I don't know what I would have done without Prospect."
Prospect member Ian Johnston developed vibration white finger while working for the Ministry of Defence. Symptoms include coldness and tingling, and manual dexterity is affected. Prospect's solicitors lodged a retrospective claim for damages, and Ian was awarded £9,000.
"I would like other members in similar situations to realise how Prospect can held them," said Ian. "I've had first class service."
The member's partner, spouse and any financially dependent member of the immediate family is entitled to be considered for the Personal Injury scheme except for work-related claims
Wherever mentioned, legal advice and assistance is offered at the union's discretion on an individual basis, depending on the facts and merits of the case
Our legal benefits are only available to fully paid up members, in membership from the date their problem arises and for the duration of the case.
All correspondence should be clearly marked Prospect Legal Services. The accident or disease should be reported to the Department for Work and Pensions and the employer. Do not enter into correspondence or negotiations until advice is received from Prospect. In particular, do not engage your own solicitor as this will exclude you from the Prospect scheme. The full terms and conditions of the PI scheme are available from the legal services department at Prospect headquarters on request.
Personal injury scheme: claim forms
02 February 2009 [ID: 2009/00096]
Use this form if you want to pursue a compensation claim for occupational stress. These cases are difficult to bring to a successful conclusion; when we receive your completed form we will assess whether or not we can pursue a claim on your behalf. Please note that this form cannot be completed on-screen - you will have to print it out and complete it by hand.
02 February 2009 [ID: 2009/00094]
Use this form if you want to submit a claim for industrial deafness/tinnitus where this is the result of exposure to noise at work, and where you feel your employer is to blame. (MOD members please note that you are covered by a separate scheme and this form is not appropriate.) This form is in PDF format but cannot be completed on-screen; you will have to print it out and complete it by hand.
02 February 2009 [ID: 2009/00093]
Prospect does not fund clinical negligence cases all the way to trial, but we offer a service that will provide you with initial advice on your case following investigation by the solicitors. If the solicitors recommend that you proceed with the litigation they will then discuss with you options for funding the case. This form is in PDF format but cannot be completed on-screen; you will have to print it out and complete it by hand.
02 February 2009 [ID: 2009/00092]
This is the main claim form for assistance under our personal injury scheme. (Please note that there are separate forms for occupational stress, industrial deafness and clinical negligence.) It should be printed out and completed by hand.