Work Accident Claims
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Work Accident Claims
If you’ve been injured by an accident at work, you could be entitled to compensation. Slater and Gordon can provide immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support following an accident at work with a free initial consultation. You can claim compensation for a work accident injury whether you were working as a full time or part time employee, a temporary worker, a self-employed contractor or if you were just visiting a business at the time of the accident.
What is an accident at work?
A work accident is an incident usually related to the manner in which work is being carried out, but it can also involve faulty equipment or the conditions of a premises or working environment. This kind of incident is not intended, but it can often be avoided or prevented.
Your employer has a duty to make sure that your work premises and the way that work is managed and carried out is safe. This is a legal obligation as well as a moral one. Employers can’t predict or prevent absolutely everything, but they should be carrying out regular health and safety risk assessments and putting measures in place to limit the risks to employees and premises users. If they neglect their legal responsibilities, employers could be putting workers, customers and the general public in danger.
This is why if you have had an accident at work, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
What is an accident at work compensation claim?
Accidents at work fall under the category of personal injury compensation claims. This kind of claim is a legal process designed to help the victims of preventable workplace accidents claim financial recompense for their injuries. In a nutshell, your claim will attempt to prove that a third party was responsible for the accident and call for them to pay you compensation to make up for what happened.
What type of workplace accident can I claim for?
There are a large number of different workplace accidents you could be involved in, ranging from the very minor to the more serious. Some of the most common include slips, trips and falls, as well as accidents involving machinery or flawed working practices.
Construction site accidents
The construction sector is, by its very nature, a risky industry to work in. This is why the government regulating bodies, such as the Health and Safety Executive and construction companies themselves, have put rigorous rules, regulations and working practices in place to protect workers. A responsible company is one that prioritises health and safety over any other factor, such as the speed or cost of a job. When safety measures are neglected, it can lead to serious and even life-changing or fatal accidents.
Common accident at work claims in the construction sector are related to:
- Manual handling injuries
- Exposure to dangerous substances and chemicals – for example, asbestos
- Falling from scaffolding or ladders
- Failure to provide or faults with safety harnesses
- Neglecting to test equipment thoroughly for safety
- Accidents with dangerous machinery
It is your employer’s responsibility to put safe working practices in place, to spot potential dangers and put them right. If they fail in this essential duty and you are injured as a result, you could have a valid claim for compensation.
Factory or warehouse accidents
Anyone working in a factory or warehouse should be provided with all the right equipment and training they need to work safely. These environments can be very dangerous if the proper steps are not taken by your employer, which could leave you at risk from accidents relating to:
- Falls from height
- Slips, trips and falls
- The use of dangerous machinery, including forklift trucks
- Manual handling and the lifting of heavy objects
- Even a minor accident in factory or warehouse environments can cause pain, distress and potentially a loss of earnings. Serious accidents can be life-changing or even fatal, but most can be prevented if safety is taken seriously.
Injuries related to serving in the military
Everyone knows that there are inherent risks and dangers involved in serving in the Army, Navy or Royal Air Force. However, as a military employee, you have the same rights to a safe working environment as anyone else. If you haven’t received the correct training or the right safety equipment, or your working environment is hazardous, you could have an accident which leaves you injured and out of pocket.
Slater and Gordon personal injury solicitors can help you to assess whether as a member of the Armed Forces, you have a valid compensation claim following an accident.
Unsafe industrial sites
Industrial sites can be highly dangerous if health and safety practices aren’t strictly observed and enforced. You trust that your employer will keep you safe while at work on an industrial site, but if they neglect their duty, this could lead to accidents involving faulty machinery, vehicles, falling objects, falling from height or tripping.
People who have experienced accidents at industrial sites have successfully claimed compensation for chemical injuries, asbestos-related illness, vibration white finger, carbon monoxide poisoning and industrial deafness.
Office based accidents
You might not think that an office is as dangerous as a construction site or factory, but accidents can still happen in these working environments if safety measures are not observed. The most common office-based accidents are slips, trips and falls, which can lead to broken bones, fractures or worse. These injuries are all the more shocking because office workers tend to feel very safe and comfortable in an office environment, but it only takes one safety slip-up to cause a lot of pain, distress and discomfort.
Office workers can also suffer from repetitive strain injuries, as well as eye strain, migraines and more. These types of injuries are caused by poor working environments, insufficient training or the wrong workspace setup – all basics that your employer should be getting right.
An employer in an office has just the same duty of care to keep you safe as on any construction site. If they let you down, contact Slater and Gordon for a free consultation to see if you’re eligible to claim for compensation.