Accident At Work Claim

Industrial diseases and illnesses at work

You should be safe in the knowledge that your employer has done everything they can to ensure you are safe from injury and know that accidents at work are no longer a concern. Regrettably, workplace accidents are still extremely common and each year thousands of employees are forced to take time off as a result and as a result are entitled to make an accident at work claim.

Fortunately there are provisions within the law that make employers accountable for ensuring the safety of any employee within the workplace. This will include the provision of appropriate training, the supply of basic working equipment and making sure work sites are not unnecessarily dangerous.

Health and Safety regulations impose a further obligation upon employers to protect you from industrial diseases and illnesses at work. Many individuals work in dangerous, high risk environments where they may be exposed to hazardous materials and it is usually these working conditions or practices that put you at risk.

Can I claim for an accident at work?

In the United Kingdom employers and business owners have a legal obligation and responsibility towards the welfare and safety of their employees as well as lawful visitors to their premises, be it an office, shop, restaurant or a construction site.

By virtue of the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 employers are required to have a minimum level of liability insurance. In addition they must conform to Health & Safety regulations to ensure that appropriate guidelines are met. Unfortunately not all employers meet their legal obligations to protect workers which may result in injury or death. If you feel that you have suffered injury, as a result of your employers failure to protect you, then you may be entitled to compensation. This is even in circumstances where you may have contributed to your accident.

Do I have a valid claim for an accident at work?

You may have grounds to pursue a claim if you have suffered injury as a result of:

  • Slip, trip or fall
  • Dangerous practices and procedures in the workplace
  • Defective or poorly maintained equipment
  • Dangerous machinery at work
  • Noxious environment or toxic substances
  • Falling object
  • Non-adherence to Health & Safety regulations
  • Negligence of co-workers
  • Insufficient or improper training
  • Assault at work
  • Faulty lifting and manual handling practices brought on by lack of training
  • Industrial injuries such as hand arm vibration syndrome or vibration white finger

Contact us at Essex Personal Injury Lawyers if you want further advice on an injury you have sustained or are looking for accident at work solicitors to handle a claim that you feel you may have.

How much compensation can I claim for an accident at work?

The inevitable question of how much compensation you might be able to claim for is common. However, it’s essential to consider that a work accident varies due to different factors. These will include:

  • the severity of your accident
  • Whether you have suffered a loss of earnings due to time away from work
  • The length of time it takes you to recover and whether you require any treatment in the future.

Other variables, such as whether anyone else is affected by your work injury also play a factor, as well as whether family members or dependents are affected by the injury.

Typically we will not know what level of compensation you are eligible to claim until you are reviewed by an independent medical expert who specializes in the type of injury you have suffered. It will be down to the expert to express, in a written format, the extent of your injuries and advise upon any additional treatment you may need to facilitate recovery or provide a prognosis for when they expect you to get better.

Worried about claiming against your employer

Understandably, some people worry about making a claim against their employer. As a result of this, many people do not make valid claims and decide to suffer in silence. Here are a few point you should remember:

  • Your employer has a legal duty to ensure your safety
  • Your claim could result in remedial action that would benefit both you and others with whom you work.
  • The claim is dealt with by an insurance company, not your employer
  • Protection against dismissal

How to make an accident at work claim

You have only three years from the date of the accident to make a claim If you want to make a claim, please get in touch with our expert lawyers.

Essex Personal Injury Lawyers is made up of a specialist team of solicitors based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex who have successfully dealt with a range of accident and illness at work cases. Let us help you receive the compensation you deserve.

How we work:

  • We work on a no win no fee basis
  • We offer a free, no obligation initial consultation to discuss your claim
  • Receive the compensation you deserve. Whether you have any questions or want to find out what you could be entitled to, please get in touch today.

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