Employers often use injuries sustained at work as a reason to force workers into taking early retirement.
But a recent injury case at Royal Mail shows why it is better to resist the pressure.
Mr X injured his knee in 2003. Royal Mail agreed that Mr X, then 59, could work on light duties after the accident, with his position available until retirement age.
But, following a second injury to the same knee four years later, the firm engaged the notorious Atos Healthcare to reassess Mr X’s ability to work.
Atos immediately raised the question of ill-health retirement, which the claimant did not want. Nevertheless, Royal Mail retired Mr X shortly afterwards.
In a bid to settle the dispute, Royal Mail first offered Mr X £5,000 compensation. This they increased to £20,000, then £30,000, with a final offer of £37,500.
Mr X rejected all offers, and last month the case ended in court. There a judge awarded him full loss of earnings until his 65th birthday—a sum of £99,348—plus £2,500 for his new injuries. His gross final settlement was £101,900.