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19May94 UK: JUNE START FOR WORKER'S CLAIMS HOTLINE.

Workers hurt in site accidents will be able to ring a hotline from next month for free legal advice on how to pursue compensation claims.The service is being set up by the Law Society which claims 75 per cent of injured construction workers are not claiming compensation payments they could be entitled to.Callers to the Freephone number will be put in touch with local solicitors who specialise in personal injury cases.The 1,200 legal firms participating in the scheme will then offer a free initial interview to assess whether claims are worth pursuing.Law Society chiefs will have the hotline ( 0500 192939) up and running from June 30. It follows the earlier Accident Legal Advice Service which was launched in 1987 and has helped more than 21,000 workers in their fight for compensation.A Law Society spokeswoman said: 'The problem of people not pursuing compensation claims is even more acute in industries like construction.' CONSTRUCTION NEWS