The Equality Act 2010 is an act that protects individuals with a disability, whether it is physical or mental. A disability is classed as a condition which is ongoing and has affected you for over a year and it could be a big part of your accident claim.
Why would the Equality Act affect my accident at work claim?
If your employee has not made reasonable adjustments in the workplace for your disability, which has indirectly caused an accident at work, then this is where the Equality Act takes effect.
For example, if you have asthma and your work are aware of this then, by law, they need to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate this ailment, such as a face mask or perhaps reducing your exposure to dust. If they do not do this and the result is you sustaining a work injury then they are in breach of the Equality Act and you have very good grounds to make an accident at work claim.
Make sure that if you do have a long term condition such as asthma you tell your employers in the interview if you feel it is relevant to the role you are applying for. If you are diagnosed whilst working for the company make sure your manager and union are aware so they can make reasonable adjustments to help prevent an accident at work.
If they do not make the reasonable adjustments you need to prevent a work injury speak to your union and get them to discuss this with your manager. It is better to get your union involved early to help prevent any accident at work from occurring.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have had an accident at work within the last three years that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make an accident claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in claims, such as those brought on by work injuries. Our highly trained lawyers will make the claims process as simple and stress free as possible, and you may not even have to step foot in court to settle your accident claim.
To find out if you could make an accident at work claim speak to an Accident Advice Helpline adviser, via our 24-hour Freephone number on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice