Accidents and Industrial Diseases

Legal assistance is provided to members in the event of them being injured at work or travelling between home and work.

Members who are injured at work, at home, on holiday* or on the road in the last three years can take advantage of the RMT’s free legal service.

The RMT legal service has a formidable reputation for fighting hard to get the maximum amount of compensation for members in the shortest possible time. Injured members can trust the RMT to get enough compensation to repay lost earnings – or compensate for future lost earnings – and other medical expenses, such as travel costs to and from hospital appointments.

Expert advice is available on claims resulting from:

  • Industrial disease or illness
  • Personal injury (at work or elsewhere)
  • Road traffic accident
  • Training exercise injuries
  • Defective equipment accidents

*where claims can be pursued in the UK courts.

The RMT legal service is also available for members’ families if they were injured in a non
work-related accident or on the roads.

To make a claim

Members or their families who require legal assistance should complete the L1 form and return it direct to and send it to TUCH or call TUCH 0845 712 5495 (in England & Wales) or Drummond Miller or Christine McCrossan (Scotland). Scottish members should send their L1 to Head office. The solicitors will acknowledge receipt and correspond direct with the member.

Alternatively, contact the RMT legal services on the freephone numbers below:

RMT Freephone Helpline (England & Wales) - 0800 376 3706

Lines are open 8am-6pm Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4pm Saturday

RMT Legal Helpline (Scotland) - 0800 328 1014

Lines are open 8am-8pm Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm Saturday

Members should ensure that all accidents at work are reported to the employer.

Legal proceedings must be served within three years of the date of an accident, otherwise the claim will become statute barred and could result in the right to claim damages being lost.

For industrial disease claims, legal proceedings must be served within three years of the date of knowledge, i.e. when the member first knew that the disease could be attributed to a negligent act or omission by an employer.