In relation to accidents at work, we all understand that if an employer fails in their duty of care, they can be held liable for the harm and distress the victim has suffered. Yet, who is liable if a fellow employee causes your work-related injury or illness? Can you still claim personal injury compensation?
What to do if you are injured by a fellow employee
In the case that you are injured by a fellow employee, you should seek immediate medical attention. Depending on the nature of your accident, you may need to see your first aider, visit a walk in centre, or seek urgent medical care at your local Accident and Emergency department.
Once you are comfortable with the care you have received, report the incident to your manager. Ensure that the accident caused by your fellow employee has been officially recorded as an incident report.
You will then need to follow any medical guidance given to you in order to recover from your accident at work. This could mean undertaking surgery, completing a prescription, or taking time off work, for example.
Claiming compensation if you are injured by a fellow employee
No matter how you are injured at work, whether due to the fault of a fellow employee or employer negligence, if a third party is liable for the harm you have suffered, you will be entitled to claim personal injury compensation.
If your injury was caused by an incompetent fellow employee or due to lack of training in the workplace, your employer could still be held liable, even if a colleague caused the incident.
All work-related accidents are unique, which is why, at Accident Advice Helpline, we offer a free initial consultation to all victims of personal injury. During this initial consultation, we will discuss the basis of your claim. From this we can determine both where liability is likely to lie, and your eligibility to claim.
Getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline
For more information, and to receive a free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors today via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience. What’s more, there’s never any pressure to pursue your claim at any point during or following your call to us.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice