Despite the regulations established by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for specific industry sectors, accidents in the workplace still occur. If you have suffered an accident whilst working as a blacksmith and you consider filing a blacksmith accident claim against your employer, the personal injury solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline are here to help you.
Can you make a workplace accident claim against your employer?
In order to file an injury claim against your employer, you must prove that he or she has breached a duty of care by failing to provide a safe work environment, appropriate training and instruction, or adequate protective clothing and equipment. If your employer has provided all these, but he or she has omitted to assess the risks existing in the work place or to maintain machinery and equipment in a safe condition, and you have been injured as a result, you can also file a claim for compensation against them.
Another important aspect that you need to know is that the right to make a work-related accident claim covers all employees, including permanent, casual and temporary staff. This means that, regardless of whether you have worked part-time or full-time, you can hold your employer responsible as long as you can prove that the injuries you have sustained during a workplace accident are the direct result of his or her negligent behaviour. Furthermore, you can claim compensation even if you do not have a written contract of employment. In this case, however, it would be useful to have witnesses who can attest that you were at work when the accident occurred.
Are you afraid of losing your job?
If you are afraid that a blacksmith compensation claim against your employer will cause you problems at work, remember that employers are not allowed to take action against their employees just because they seek redress for injuries relating to workplace accidents. It is actually against the law for employers to dismiss or penalise workers because they claim compensation for accidents at work.
Who will cover your compensation award?
By law, employers must have Employers’ Liability Insurance. This type of insurance gives them the opportunity to pay full and proper compensation to the employees injured at work. This means that the compensation awarded following workplace injury claims is actually paid by insurance companies rather than employers.
How to make a blacksmith accident claim
Since accidents at work claims are not always straightforward, it is important that you seek legal advice from expert personal injury solicitors and it is best to do so as soon as possible after the accident. This is especially important because only an experienced solicitor will ensure that your case is properly investigated, relevant evidence is obtained, and the best course of action is followed.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we are happy to offer no-obligation legal advice. If you are still recovering after the accident, we can discuss your case over the phone. To speak to one of our personal injury experts, we invite you to call us on 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, you can send us the details of your case via our online enquiry form.
Date Published: February 16, 2014
Author: David Brown