Injuries caused by accidents at work can happen in many different circumstances, and can vary in severity. We can help you make your claim for compensation if you have suffered an accident at work and you were not at fault.
Personal injuries at work can include lacerations or broken bones, or more serious injuries such as burns, amputations and sometimes fatalities.
It is a legal requirement for your employer to ensure that all reasonable steps have been taken to minimise the risk of injury at your workplace. Your employer must provide:
- A safe place of work
- A safe system of work
- Suitable equipment for you to work with
- Other competent staff
- Adequate training for the work you and colleagues undertake
More than half of employees don’t claim for accidents at work when they rightfully could do. Part of the reason for this may be that they are worried about upsetting their employer.
Your employer should have insurance to cover the risk of accidents or injury in the workplace, so they should not have to pay any direct cost of your personal injury compensation.
No employer is allowed to discriminate against an accident victim, so you shouldn’t worry about how your claim will affect you at work.
If you make a claim, your employer is far more likely to fix the problem. You are helping your work colleagues by ensuring accidents and injuries like yours don’t happen again.
You should make sure you inform your employer of the accident either by making sure it is recorded in the accident book or by giving them details of the accident and injury at a later date.
Accidents at work may be caused by:
- The negligence of a colleague
- Defective or unsuitable machinery
- Excessive lifting
- Falling on a construction site
- Lack of proper safety equipment
- Poor training or lack of it
- Lack of health and safety procedure