According to the Health and Safety Executive, 28.2 million working days were lost in 2013/14 as a result of accidents at work and work-related illness and injury. If you’ve sustained an office injury or any other work-related ailment, and you were not at fault, you could claim compensation.
What causes work accidents?
There are various types of work accident and work-related injuries; the most common examples in the UK include:
- slips, trips and falls caused by uneven flooring, damaged or ripped carpets and slippery floors
- falls from height
- injuries caused by faulty machinery
- contact with moving vehicles
- occupational asthma
- repetitive strain injury
- back pain caused by lifting and handling
- industrial hearing and sight loss
Injuries that may be caused by accidents in the workplace may include:
- strains and sprains
- dislocated joints
- cuts and grazes
- burns and scalds
- head injuries
- back and neck pain
- spinal injuries
Who is responsible for my injury?
In order to claim work accident compensation, you must be able to prove that you were not at fault for your injuries. Cases, which may be successful, include injuries caused by faulty machinery or products, slips and trips caused by poorly maintained flooring and illness associated with poor working conditions, which don’t comply with health and safety regulations. All UK employers have a duty to ensure that they take the relevant steps to protect their workforce from illness and injury; failing to do this could result in legal action.
Claiming work accident compensation
If you think you may have a case for work injury compensation, note down the exact details of your injury and the incident and record as much information as you can; it’s best to do this while the accident is still fresh in your mind. Report the accident to your supervisor or a senior member of staff and ask colleagues for eyewitness statements, if this is applicable. Seek medical attention as soon as possible so that your injuries can be assessed by a trained professional.
Every work accident claim is different and the expert lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline will go through the details of your case and ascertain who is to blame. If your employer or supervisor has displayed negligence and this resulted in your injuries, you should be eligible for compensation.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice