Accident Claim in the Workplace
Accidents in the workplace are one of the most common reasons to make an accident claim. The work environment typically has a high accident rate, especially in industries with an increased health and safety risk such as construction; however they can happen in any sector of industry, and result in huge amounts of lost productivity for businesses.
Statistics from 2009/10 show that 233,000 reportable injuries occurred within the workplace, and over 28 million days were lost in productivity.
If you have suffered from a workplace injury, it is recommended that you contact a solicitor specialising in injury compensation claims. They will be able to offer expert advice and guidance, and be able to assess the likelihood of your accident claim to succeed.
Who Is Responsible?
Employers within the UK have a legal responsibility to provide a safe working environment, as well as creating awareness of Health & Safety rules among employees.
Although an accident in the workplace can be something as minor as a slip or trip, they can have serious consequences, and as such UK law has very strict guidelines in place to make sure victims of workplace accidents receive due care and compensation.
How Do I Make an Accident Claim?
In order to make a successful accident claim, it is important to be able to prove that your accident could have been avoided had your employer taken the proper precautions.
This would place your accident into the category of Employer Negligence, which means you could be eligible to receive a substantial compensation payment.
Many solicitors specialise in workplace injury accident claims, and will offer a free consultation to determine how likely you case is to succeed.
There are also many firms available who will take on your accident claim on a No Win No Fee basis. This means your claim is virtually risk free as you will avoid any costs should your accident claim be unsuccessful.
The amount of compensation you will receive can vary greatly from case to case. Personal Injury Compensation is intended to make up for any loss in earnings that occurred as a result of your injury.
This is obviously difficult to calculate exactly, and so the amount of compensation you are eligible to receive will depend on the extent of your injury, as well as any related costs such as medical expenses.
Depending on the severity of your accident, any loss in future earnings may also be taken into account.
Employee Responsibility in the Workplace
- Take a reasonable amount of precaution and care towards your own health and safety
- If operating or working with machinery, avoid loose clothing and jewellery
- A duty towards other employees not to put them at risk
- To fully cooperate and adhere to the health and safety rules laid out by the employer
If you think you followed all the appropriate health and safety rules and still suffered an accident at work, you may be able to make an accident claim today.