WORK INJURY COMPENSATION CLAIM
Accident At Work Compensation
No amount of caution can ever completely eliminate the chance of an accident occurring. Every year nearly 30,000 people suffer accidents causing serious injuries in the UK workplace. An employer may be held legally responsible to pay work injury compensation even if it was not the employer who caused the accident. If you have been injured in the workplace, you should contact a solicitor as soon as possible to find out if you have a potential work injury compensation claim. Our solicitors are accident experts and will provide no win no fee legal representation to individuals throughout the UK. Win or lose there is no charge and compensation is always paid in full.
Duty of Care
Employers owe their employees a duty of care and must minimise the chances of work-related accidents by the use of risk assessments and implementation of a safe system of work. In order to succeed in a work injury compensation claim for employers negligence it is necessary to prove the following four elements:-
- Duty of care:
An employer is required by law to adhere to a standard of conduct which protects employees from unreasonable risk of harm.
- Breach of the duty of care:
If a reasonable person in a similar situation would have done things differently there may be a breach.
The incident complained of must be the actual cause of injuries outlined in the work injury compensation claim.
The claimant must be able to show that there has been actual damage or loss.
Legislation Governing Workplace Safety
Statutes have been enacted to help ensure a safe working environment for employees. Two of the most important pieces of legislation are The Factories Act 1961 and The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Both set forth stringent requirements for a safe and healthy working environment. Under the mandates of this legislation, an employer has a duty to provide:
- clean, safe, suitable work premises
- safe, adequate, well-maintained equipment
- adequate training, supervision and instruction
Accidents in the Workplace
Accidents at work can be caused by a variety of factors. The law provides for a number of causes that can make an employee eligible for a work injury compensation claim. An injured employee can bring a claim if the injury was caused by any one of the following:
- an industrial accident
- the negligent actions of a fellow employee
- flying debris, defective equipment or electric shock
- lack of suitable protective guards
- lack of adequate training, instructions or supervision
- an occupational disease
- vibration white finger vwf
- hand arm vibration syndrome havs
- whole body vibration syndrome wbvs
- repetitive strain injury rsi
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease copd
- respiratory disease
- chronic bronchitis
- bladder cancer
- pleural disease
- skin disease
- beat knee
- industrial deafness
- work induced stress
Bringing a Compensation Claim
There are certain steps you should take if you have suffered an accident while at work. First, report the accident to your supervisor. Make an official record of the incident in an accident log. Keep your own detailed record of the accident. Include information such as how, when, and where the accident occurred. Also note the names of any possible witnesses. See a doctor as soon as possible to ensure a full and complete medical record for use in verifying your work injury compensation claim.
Free Legal Advice
If you are injured in the workplace, you should not delay in contacting a personal injury solicitor. Acting swiftly can improve your chances of success in a work injury compensation claim. It is best to bring a claim while the evidence is readily available and the event is still fresh in the minds of the witnesses.
Contact us today for free legal advice about your workplace accident. You will speak directly with one of our experienced personal injury solicitors who can help determine if you have a basis for making a compensation claim. Simply phone us on our helpline. There is no charge for the consultation, and you are under no further obligations to use our services.
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