Accidents at work

Compensation for accidents at work

Nobody goes to work expecting to be injured. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. Workplace accidents can occur for a range of reasons, including:

  • Faulty machinery or equipment
  • Unsuitable equipment
  • Lifting or moving items without the proper equipment or assistance
  • Slipping, tripping or falling
  • Falls from height
  • Mistakes or carelessness by colleagues
  • Hazards in the workplace
  • Poorly planned processes or procedures
  • Lack of training
  • Failure to carry out a proper risk assessment
  • Exposure to harmful substances such as asbestos

Compensation can be claimed where it can be shown an accident at work was caused by the fault of the employer. Health & Safety legislation is there to protect people while they are at work. The duty your employer owes you can be described in general as comprising:

  • Providing a reasonably safe place of work
  • Providing reasonably safe equipment for use at work
  • Providing a reasonably safe system of work (processes, procedures etc.)
  • Reasonable training and instruction

There is a wide range of regulations which cover an employer’s duty towards its employees. The regulations which feature most commonly in compensation claims include the following:

  • Maintenance of work equipment
  • Suitability of work equipment
  • Manual handing tasks
  • Floors within a workplace – keeping them free from any item likely to cause a person to slip or trip
  • Proper planning and risk assessment of any job where a worker is required to work at height
  • Organisation of any route within a workplace used by workers on foot or in vehicles<
  • Carrying out risk assessments of a large variety of tasks at work
  • Control of hazardous substances at work
  • Provision of personal protective equipment such as gloves, safety shoes/boots, eye protection, masks, hearing protection, head gear or other protective clothing

Our team of personal injury experts can advise you on how your accident and injury may involve one or more of these regulations. And an employer’s duties remain no matter what type of workplace they operate, including:

  • Construction sites
  • Shops
  • Factories
  • Offices
  • Building sites
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Premises owned or operated by another business or person, in some situations
  • Vehicles being driven in the course of your work
  • Vehicles being loaded or unloaded

What compensation can you claim?

What compensation you can claim for will depend partly on how the accident and the injuries have affected you. We will take the time necessary to understand what the accident has meant for you. The most common categories are:

  • Compensation for the pain and suffering you have had, and might still have, as a result of your injuries
  • Compensation for loss of income if your injuries have meant you were unable to work for a period
  • Compensation to reflect any future injury-related difficulties you may have in working
  • Compensation for help given to you by family members with care or everyday activities you cannot do because of your injuries

If you are interested in making a compensation claim for an accident at work, please get in touch with us today for a confidential discussion.

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