Accidents at work
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Accidents at Work
Accidents at work claims can happen if your employer doesn’t follow health and safety regulations such as providing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or adequate training.
The way in which employer liability claims are dealt with has changed. Claims are now submitted on a secure web portal directly to the employer’s insurer. You need a firm that can guide you through the new rules and has the latest case management software that ensures the most efficient and thorough claim notification is carried out.
Accidents at work examples
Accidents at work can happen at almost any workplace including construction sites, factories, warehouses, schools, offices, supermarkets and much more.
Examples of accidents at work could include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Lifting accidents / manual handling injuries
- Falling from a height
- Hit by fallen objects
- Repetitive strain injury
- Crashes and collisions
- Injuries caused by faulty machinery or equipment
- Inhaling toxic fumes
- Exposure to loud noise
What to do after an accident at work?
If you’ve had an accident at work, no matter how big or small you think it is, you should report it to:
- Your colleagues
It’s vital you inform your colleagues first as they may be persuaded by your employer to tell the insurers and your solicitor that the accident didn’t happen. When you report your accident in writing to your manager, make sure you keep a copy for yourself, as it can come in handy when claiming compensation or claiming benefits you may later need. Try to leave a paper trail rather than telling the relevant people in person.
Take photo and video evidence if you can. This includes the accident location, any faulty equipment and so on. Many employers will conduct an accident investigation when you’re off work due to your injury. Try and be present if possible, but if you can’t then appoint a colleague you trust to be present at the investigation.
Always keep a record of your symptoms. Even the ‘minor’ injuries may develop into long-term conditions, so it’s vital to keep a note of every symptom you experience after the accident. It’s also worthwhile to keep a record of all the financial losses incurred because of your injury including: salary/wages, employee benefits, bonuses and pensions. You should also keep a record of expenses incurred such as medical bills, prescriptions, heating bills and travel costs to the hospital.
How much does it cost to make a claim for an accident at work?
Our initial legal advice is absolutely free. In this consultation, we’ll ask you a few questions such as where you work, how you were injured and when you had your accident.
Those of you with Trade Union Cover or Legal Expense Insurance are eligible for free legal advice and representation. Public legal aid isn’t usually available for personal injury claims, though it may be available for exceptional circumstances.
If you’re not eligible for any of the above then you can benefit from our conditional fee arrangements. In other words, this is a ‘no win no fee’ policy. You won’t pay a single penny if you lost your case, so you only pay a fee once you receive your compensation amount. For more information on costs for your accident at work claim click here.
Why choose Birchall Blackburn Law?
Our team has over 50 years experience in dealing with successful claims for accidents at work. If you believe you’ve experienced an accident at work through no fault of your own then you’ll need to make a claim online directly to your employer’s insurer. We aim to provide the very best information and guidance on your workplace accident claim, as well as help you get the financial compensation and medical and therapeutic support you need. We can guide you through the legal ins and outs of making a claim, so you can increase your chances of success.
For free initial legal advice on your workplace accident call our Employer Liability Solicitors on freephone 0800 614 722
Of course, working at heights comes with significant natural risk – but sometimes companies don’t adhere to proper safety standards.
Construction sites are naturally dangerous places to work. The risks can include injuries from rubble and debris, as well as injuries caused by machinery.
Many construction workers are employed by subcontractors or an agency. That means reporting a construction site accident can be confusing, as it’s difficult to determine who is responsible.
PPE should be used if you are exposed to contaminated air, falling debris, corrosive substances and extreme temperatures, to name but a few.
If your employer hasn’t provided adequate PPE and you’ve had an accident as a result of this then you could make a claim. All employers must ensure they provide the suitable PPE its employers need to stay safe in the workplace and get the job done.
Manual handling is a daily task for some people – and it can come with many risks if proper training hasn’t been carried out.
Lifting accidents, or manual handling claims, cover a range of activities at work such as carrying, lowering, pushing, pulling, supporting and, of course, lifting. They can happen in workplaces such as farms, warehouses, building sites or any place where manual handling is required.
If the person or organisation responsible hasn’t taken the necessary steps to ensure the safety of their employees or the public, such as adequate signage for a wet floor or cleaning up spillages straight away, then you could have a claim for your slip, trip or fall.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states, “It is the duty, as far as reasonably practicable, to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees.”
Find out whether or not your employers are sticking to the correct health and safety legislation, what counts as a manual handling accident, how to make a public liability claim and much more.
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