Accidents at work can, and usually do tend to occur, regardless of the precautions and safety measures implemented. These accidents can cause injuries ranging in gravity from negligible lacerations and sprains to severe burns, amputations, broken bones, and in extreme and highly unfortunate circumstances, even fatalities.
The silver lining to accidents at work however, is that you can file a claim for work accident compensation in case you have been involved in an ill-fated event and are suffering from a workplace injury.
Employers are legally obligated in the UK to care for the health, safety, and welfare of their employees by conforming to Health & Safety regulations at all times and by holding compulsory insurance. You can thus file a claim where you feel that your employer has been negligent in their responsibilities. You might also be eligible in cases where you were at fault for the accident yet the employer is considered to be a primary instigator of your injury.
Am I eligible to file a claim?
You can consider yourself eligible to file a claim for work injury compensation if the accident you suffered the injury from occurred at the workplace for any of the following reasons:
- Health & Safety regulations were not adhered to
- The workplace is home to a variety of dangerous practices
- Dangerous machinery is used in the workplace
- Toxic and hazardous substances are used, leading to a noxious atmosphere
- The equipment used is poorly maintained or is defective
- The training provided was insufficient or improper
- The co-workers were – or usually are – negligent
- You slipped, tripped, or fell due to work conditions
- You were hit by a falling object
- You were assaulted by another person or persons at work
- You sustained an industrial injury, such as Vibration White Finger, Industrial Deafness or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
You might be perfectly eligible for a claim and yet lose the compensation case if you have insufficient evidence. A work accident claim has to be backed up with proof that the injury you suffered was a direct or indirect consequence of your employer’s negligence or oversight. It is incredibly helpful therefore to acquire the services of a personal injury lawyer, as even the most obvious cases of employer negligence can be difficult to prove on occasion.
The time limit
You do not necessarily have to file a claim immediately after the accident. There is a standard 3-year time limit however, according to UK law, within which you can file your work accident claim. Otherwise your case might become time-barred and you will not receive any compensation whatsoever.
If you have been injured in a work accident and feel that you do have a legitimate basis to sue your employer for work injury compensation, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for professional advice and help with the assembling and presentation of convincing evidence to the court.
Date Published: January 4, 2014
Author: David Brown