It is surprising the number of times clients ask, ‘Can claim for an accident while working on a fixed term contract?’ It is a question that we hear quite often, mainly due to the increase in the number of short-term contracts being used these days, and the increasing number of people who are happy to work as contractors. However, just because you are working on a fixed term contract does not mean that your health and safety is any less important than that of your other colleagues. If you have been injured while working on a fixed term contract, you should give Accident Advice Helpline a call straight away.
The health and safety regulations of any organisation need to apply to everybody on the premises. For example, a courier company driver could be delivering to your workplace, and your management is responsible for his health and safety while he is there. Your fixed term contract does not mean that you have to take responsibility for your own health and safety. Provided you follow the regulations, you should be safe – but this is only true if everybody is following the regulations.
What happens when regulations are not followed?
Unfortunately, accidents happen, and this could lead to people being injured. Accident Advice Helpline regularly gets calls from people who have been injured because of a lapse in adherence to health and safety procedures. If this has happened to you then you need to make sure you have collected all the details of the accident and hand them over to us.
An accident while working on a fixed term contract could leave you with an injury as simple as a sprain or something more complicated like a broken bone. However, you also need to remember that some accidents in the workplace have far more serious consequences, and if you do not want the same thing to happen to somebody else, you will have to speak out about it. Making a personal injury claim will draw attention to the problem and encourage those responsible to take the action that is needed to make the workplace safer.
I can’t afford to take legal action
Actually, you can afford it. We are concerned that some people may find it more difficult to take that first step towards legal action because they think that they are going to start running up a huge bill as soon as someone at the law firm picks up the phone. The good news is that Accident Advice Helpline is not like this. We work on a no win, no fee* basis, allowing you to relax knowing that we are not going to ask you for any money to begin with.
Our legal services have become a lifeline for thousands of people who have been affected by an injury in the workplace, and our aim is to ensure that they do not have to struggle any more than is absolutely necessary. You could be one of the people whose lives are altered with the help of one phone call – find out for yourself how it works by speaking to one of our advisers. Call our free, 24-hour helpline now on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: November 11, 2014
Author: David Brown