‘Can I claim for a glassblowing accident?’ is a question you may have asked if you were injured in such circumstances. To find out more about your potential legal entitlement to compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline today. When it comes to personal injury claims, we are Britain’s market leader.
Glassblowing: The risks
Currently, large factories produce most glass – many private glassblowers have gone out of business over the last few decades. Nonetheless, some smaller glassblowing businesses continue with production, often specialising in particular types of glass that larger manufacturers find unprofitable. In addition, there are rising numbers of consumers who are willing to pay a little bit extra to find unique or handmade glass items. Handmade glass can have a charm that mass-produced work can lack.
There are some obvious risks in glassblowing. The work involves extreme heat and can require all your concentration. Experienced glassblowers are likely to be aware of the risks involved in handling hot glass and specialised equipment. There are particular safety instructions and ways of working to minimise the risks, which need to be adequately studied before you can start glassblowing.
Your glassblowing accident may have been the result of insufficient training, faulty equipment or a poorly-maintained working area. If you were working for someone else, your employer has a legal obligation to ensure that your tools and working environment are safe and well maintained. If your accident was the result of your employer’s negligence or a drive to cut costs at the expense of safety, you could be entitled to financial compensation.
You may also be able to claim compensation if your glassblowing accident was caused by someone else in the workplace. Perhaps a colleague surprised you at the wrong moment, or a member of the public interfered with your work, causing you to burn yourself. In this case, a glassblowing accident claim may be needed to recoup any financial expenses you have incurred due to your accident.
The compensation claim process
When you contact Accident Advice Helpline, one of the first things we need to establish is who was to blame for your glassblowing accident. The foundation of a strong claim can include witness statements, receipts for medical expenses related to your injury, your medical records and perhaps CCTV footage of the accident. The person at fault may deny their culpability, which may result in a court procedure to try and progress your claim.
After you have spoken with one of our expert advisors, we can determine if you are eligible for compensation and what it could be worth. You will then be represented by one of our expert personal injury solicitors. All of our highly skilled lawyers work on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
You can contact us by calling our free helpline on 0800 180 4123. Using a mobile, the number is 0333 500 0992. You can also try out our free 30-second online claim calculator, which can show your eligibility for obtaining compensation and what it could be worth.