When someone suffers an injury, whether it’s from accidents or work or a road traffic accident, they may not seek compensation they were eligible for because they didn’t know they were entitled to it or felt they were accident prone. As a general guide, the only stipulations to claim are as follows:
- The accident must have occurred within the past three years, with possible exceptions for cases involving onset of disease or involving minors
- The accident must not have been your fault
Thus, if you acted in a way that directly injured yourself, you cannot claim for a work injury. If, on the other hand, you were injured through no fault of your own, you may be eligible to claim for compensation.
Understanding health and safety at work
The UK has very strict health and safety laws, which ensure that employers have certain responsibilities and employees are entitled to risk-free environments. This means that you can even seek repetitive strain injury compensation if you contracted it as a result of your job. The law also protects employers from false or unfair allegations, though, so not all injuries can be claimed for.
For instance, if you deliberately fall over, or are throwing a pencil in the air and it lands in your eye, you would assume responsibility for the actions and cannot seek compensation for them. Similarly, if you are accident prone and trip over your own feet and walk into desks, you would not be eligible to claim.
In the instances where you fall over objects that shouldn’t be there, though, such as a heavy box left in a walkway, or a spillage that hasn’t been cleared up or has no warning sign, then you may be eligible to seek work accident compensation.
You may be accident prone, but if your accident was not your fault then seek compensation
Work accidents are common occurrences, and Accident Advice Helpline has worked hard to make the claims process as simple as possible. To begin with, you can call the free, 24/7 advice line to talk directly to an advisor, or use the Compensation Calculator on the website to find out if your case is eligible to proceed.
There is no obligation, and because the law firm uses a no-win, no-fee policy, there is no money to be paid upfront either – so you know that the company won’t take your money and do a sloppy case fighting your corner.
Date Published: November 13, 2013
Author: David Brown