Duty of care is the obligation to ensure the safety and well-being of others. This can be both a moral and legal obligation.
For example, your employer has a duty of care to you, to ensure that you do not come to harm in your work environment by suffering an accident in the workplace.
If you do suffer an accident at work, and your employer has not taken sufficient steps to prevent it, you may be entitled to compensation.
Potential work accidents varies from one profession to another; however, below are some examples of some common accidents in the work place to be aware of.
Slips, trips and falls
These are unfortunately more common than you might think, and can have a life-long impact on your health.
If you work in an office environment, you may be at risk of tripping over television or computer wires, as well as spills in the office kitchen. Additionally, if you work in an outdoor or industrial environment, you may be at risk of tripping or falling over industrial wires and equipment.
Repetitive strain injury
Repetitive strain injury affects the muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues in the body, causing pain when actions have been repeated over a prolonged period.
This type of work injury is usually associated with office workers who spend long periods of time at their computers; however, it can also affect people in other industries, including musicians, assembly line workers and cleaning staff.
Tinnitus and industrial deafness
Tinnitus is estimated to affect 10 per cent of adults in the UK, according to the British Tinnitus Association. Tinnitus and other hearing injuries can have a severe affect on your quality of life, and may never be fully cured.
If you work in a noisy environment, such as in construction, the military, or the music industry, you may be at risk of suffering a personal injury at work, such as tinnitus or industrial deafness.
Claiming compensation for work-related ailments
If you have sustained injury in the workplace such as those above, or any another, you may be entitled to compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline has 15 years’ experience in the personal injury compensation claims industry, and we can help you to make a successful injury claim. Our telephone lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week, and are free of charge. We also have a wealth of information on our website.
We work on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, so you won’t be left out of pocket if your claim is unsuccessful. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to see if you could be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice