Located where the mouths of the Plym and Tamar Rivers (to the east and west respectively) join Plymouth Sound, the city of Plymouth on Devon’s south coast is approximately 310 km (190 miles) to London’s south-west.
Employment in Plymouth
While the city is still influenced substantially by naval and ship-building industries, defence sector employment has decreased significantly over recent years, with the public sector now representing the most prominent provider of employment. This includes administration and education, engineering, health and medicine. In addition, Plymouth is home to a large amount of retail and catering establishments.
Like anywhere else, Plymouth employees occasionally suffer injuries at work. Work-related injuries occur in all sectors of employment and may vary significantly in severity. While some injuries may consist of minor cuts and bruises, others can involve broken limbs, major lacerations and severe head, back or abdominal injuries. Occupational hazards, such as repetitive strain injuries, for example, have also been reported.
Workers injured at work must report accidents in the workplace and seek medical assistance immediately for several reasons. First of all, it is necessary to get medical attention even if an injury appears to be minor, as some injuries may be more serious than initially apparent. If left untreated, such injuries could ultimately get far worse and may even threaten the injured individual’s life.
Secondly, an injury at work may entitle the person having sustained them to claim for industrial injury compensation. Should this be the case, evidence of the accident needs to be provided. The accident report books companies are bound by law to maintain are required to provide part of this evidence.
When to claim for compensation
All claims for personal injury compensation must be initiated within three years of sustaining the injury. In cases of industrial diseases (which often develop over prolonged periods), claims must be started within 36 months of the condition in question being diagnosed.
How to claim compensation
To initiate a compensation claim, or get advice on whether or not you are entitled to claim in the first place, call Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone number. Available around the clock every day of the year, this line is confidential and you will not be obliged to claim after calling for initial advice. Should you decide to make a claim, you will be offered the services of a skilled in-house lawyer on a no win no fee* basis.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice