Fall on a staircase or trip across a loose wire and perhaps the first thought that comes into your mind is “it was my fault.” But what if it is not? What if your accident is owing to someone else’s negligence, maybe even your employer’s if the accident occurred in the workplace? In such a scenario, you may be entitled to compensation.
An employer has a legal obligation to protect staff from harm in the workplace. If you have had a workplace injury in the past three years that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation and should seek legal advice without hesitation.
Workplace injuries can assume a number of different forms. An obvious one is construction injuries. There are strict health and safety regulations governing construction sites in the UK; if a construction site is in breach of those regulations and there is an accident onsite, the victim is entitled to seek compensation. A worker injured on a construction site should get medical attention without delay. Even if the injury appears to be only a minor one, it could turn out to be far more serious on closer examination by a medical professional. A construction worker who has had an accident should take a note of the date they see a doctor and any cost incurred in order that they have the necessary paperwork for a future compensation claim if they decide to make one.
Workplace accidents are not limited to places such as construction sites — even office workers fall victim to accidents sometimes. A repetitive strain injury might arise when a worker is seated in an inadequate chair or at a poorly designed desk, or from typing on a computer. A slip or fall on a staircase could be the fault of an employer because the employer is responsible for ensuring the office is a safe environment in which to work. Perhaps an office worker has been injured lifting heavy equipment for which the proper training was not provided; they would also be entitled to seek injuries compensation.
Road traffic accidents are all too common; an injured driver may well be the victim of another driver’s negligence. There are a number of important things to remember if you are the victim of a road accident. It is important to obtain the insurance details of the other driver. If this is not possible, the police may be able to assist. It makes sense to keep a camera in your car so that you can take photographic evidence of the accident scene. Bear in mind that most mobile phones are now equipped with cameras. Visual evidence can be vital in a compensation claim. It is also useful to have the names of those who witnessed the accident for future reference should a compensation claim arise.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide detailed information on how to make a claim for an accident owing to someone else’s negligence. Call us today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 9, 2013
Author: David Brown