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Have you Suffered an Accident at Work?

Your employer has a legal duty to provide you with a safe place to work. They are also responsible for providing safe and adequate equipment and competent fellow employees to work with, as well as ensuring you are provided with adequate training and supervision. If they don’t do this, and it results in an injury, you could be entitled to compensation.

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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 workplace.

If you are injured at work whilst carrying out your duties,  always make sure that you report your accident. Your employer should have an accident book and the details of your accident and your injury should be written in this. If you are working away from your employer’s premises, your accident and injury should be detailed in the accident book of the premises you are at and in your employer’s accident book.

Your employer is also required to have insurance in place to cover any claims for compensation that are made by any 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 you suffer personal injury due to defective equipment then you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Accidents Caused by 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 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 truck, 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:

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.

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If you do wish to claim compensation for an injury sustained at work you have three years from the date of the accident to make a claim. If you were under the age of 18 years at the time of the accident then the three-year period begins to run from your 18th birthday. If an injury due to an accident or work related disease is not immediately apparent or takes time to develop, the three year time period does not begin to run until you are aware of the injury.

Your employer has a legal requirement to have Employers Liability Insurance in place to cover the cost of paying out compensation to employees who are injured due to accidents at work caused by the fault wholly or partially of their employers.

How much Compensation will I get for an Accident at Work?

Depending on the severity of the injuries caused by an accident at work the compensation amounts can vary.

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How to make an Accident at Work Claim

If you wish to make a claim for compensation arising from an injury caused by an accident at work, your employer cannot legally dismiss you for making a claim. If your 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.

Take the first step towards making a claim by calling our specialist solicitors on 0800 025 0000. Alternatively, you can get an estimate of how much your compensation claim could be worth by using our Claimometer.

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Can I make a Claim?

If you have been injured in an accident during the last 3 years that you believe was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation.



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