If you suffer personal injury areas result of an accident at work or an industrial illness due to your work you may be entitled to make a claim for damages or compensation for personal injury and other losses. This can be done on a now win no free basis.
Your employer has a legal duty to provide their employees with a safe place of work. They are also responsible for providing safe and adequate equipment to work with and competent fellow employees to work with and they are responsible for providing you with adequate training and supervision.
In addition there are Health and Safety Laws and Regulations in place that your employer should comply with to help reduce the risk of an accident or injury in the work place.
If you are injured at work whilst carrying out your duties then always make sure that you report your accident. This should be done in the accident book of which your employer should have
Your employer is also required to have insurance in place to cover any claims for compensation or damages that are made by their employees who suffer an injury at work. It is the insurers who will pay the compensation on behalf of your employers as opposed to the employer direct.
Accidents at work caused by unsafe or unsuitable equipment
Your employer is under a duty to provide you with suitable equipment which is maintained in efficient working order and to provide you with adequate training to use the equipment. If your suffer personal injury because of defective equipment then you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Accidents at work due to an unsafe place of work
Your employer is under a duty to provide you with a safe place of work. If you have an accident due to an unsafe place of work such as there being something on the floor that causes you to slip or trip and you sustain personal injury then you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Accidents due to the fault of your fellow employees
Your employer is under a duty to provide you with competent staff in the workplace and if you are injured due to the negligence or a fault of another employee you may have a claim for compensation against your employer who is vicariously liable for their employee’s actions. For example if a fellow employee drove into you whilst operating a fork lift, you would potentially have a claim for compensation for personal injury and other losses against your employer.
Accidents due to an unsafe system of work or inadequate training
Your employer is under a duty to ensure that the way that you are working is safe and that you are adequately trained to do the job. For example if you are injured whilst lifting something at work and you have not had any training on the safe way to lift then you may be entitled to compensation.
Accidents at Work FAQ
Here you will find the most common questions that we get from people that have been injured at work:
- I was injured at work. Will I get paid for time off?
- What are my rights if injured at work?
- What to do if you are injured at work?
ACCIDENTS AT WORK – THINGS TO REMEMBER
If you are injured at work you should always report it to your employers and record the circumstances of the accident in the Accident Book.
If you do wish to claim compensation for an injury sustained at work you have 3 years from the date of the accident to make a claim. If you were aged under 18 years at the time of the accident then the 3 year period begins to run from your 18th birthday. If you only become aware of an injury due to an accident or work related disease sometime later then the 3 years period will begin to run from when you became aware of the injury.
Your employer has a legal requirement to have Employers Liability Insurance in place to cover the paying out of compensation to employees who are injured due to accidents at work caused by the fault wholly or partially of their employers.
If you do wish to make a claim for compensation arising from an injury arising from an accident at work, your employer cannot legally dismiss you for making a claim. If you employer did dismiss you for this reason it could be classed as Unfair dismissal and you may be entitled to claim for compensation through the Employment Tribunal.
- Falls from Height in the Workplace
- Acoustic Shock Claims
- Amputation Work Claims
- Broken Bones & Fractures
- Burns, Scars & Lacerations
- Burnt at Work Claim
- Defective Work Equipment Claims
- Dermatitis Claims
- Falling Object at Work Claims
- Falls from Height at Work Claim
- Fractures at Work Claims
- Head Injury at Work Claim
- Inadequate Protective Equipment Claims
- Manual Handling Injury Claim
- Neck Injury at Work Claim
- Occupational Deafness Claims
- Osteoarthritis Claims
- Soft Tissue Injuries Claims & Compensation
- Work Related Cancer Claims