Accident prevention is always better than trying to cope with the aftermath of an accident, even if the accident is a minor one. Moreover, accident prevention in the workplace is vital if the employer is going to meet all their requirements under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
You may feel you have been failed by your employer’s accident prevention methods, particularly if you have been injured in a work-based accident recently. You have a three-year period in which to try claiming compensation for any injuries you incurred, and you have a legal right to follow up on such a claim.
How might your injuries hamper your daily life?
The extent to which you are affected by your injuries will depend on how bad they were. For example, if you broke your ankle at work, you’ll need crutches for a while until it has healed. This could mean you cannot walk far, and you may not be able to drive, either.
If you suffered crush injuries to your hand, you may suffer ongoing problems that mean you never fully get back the feeling in your fingers or the hand itself. This is upsetting and can take a long time to come to terms with. Additionally, you may find there are plenty of things you can’t do, at least for a while, as you recover from any injury. If it is bad enough, you could end up being left with life-changing injuries.
Could you claim compensation for poor accident prevention in the workplace?
You could make a claim stemming from poor accident prevention in the workplace if the steps taken were not good enough to prevent your own accident. Some cases are easier to assess than others, so you may feel confident in claiming compensation, or completely unsure whether you might have a case or not.
Don’t worry, though – whatever you feel and whatever injury you have, Accident Advice Helpline can give you the no-obligation advice you need at this point. Just call our team of advisors now on 0800 689 0500, or ring us on 0333 500 0993 on your mobile. When you chat with someone who can help, you’ll realise it could be easier to progress with a no-win, no-fee* claim than you may have thought. Find out more today and see whether could go down this route.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Health and safety at work