A question we hear quite often is ‘can I claim for an injury as a volunteer worker?’ and the answer is yes. Many people believe that if they are a volunteer then they are not covered by the same health and safety regulations as paid workers. In actual fact the health and safety of a volunteer in the workplace is just as important as a paid worker. The employer is responsible for the safety of anyone who is on the premises.
Why is someone else responsible?
While everyone is obliged to take some responsibility for health and safety no matter what they are doing, the management are the ones that would be held legally responsible if there were any problems. They should be checking that everything is safe at all times. All organisations need to have liability insurance in place, so when you make a claim it is not against any individual – the insurance would deal with any pay out.
Volunteer workers can be employed in all types of industries. Museums and art galleries often use volunteers as room stewards, charity shops often rely on volunteers to staff the shops, and there are many organisations that enlist volunteers for short-term projects. Every type of workplace has its hazards and the employer should go through all the health and safety information with you when you start. Failure to do this is in itself negligence.
Will I be entitled to compensation?
Compensation may be available to those who have been injured at work through no fault of their own. If someone else should have moved those wires so nobody tripped, checked the electrics to ensure that they were safe or offered training on working at height but failed to do so, then they could be responsible for you getting hurt. If you are unsure, call Accident Advice Helpline and a few minutes talking to one of our trained advisers will clarify if you have grounds to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline is a specialist law firm dealing with personal injury compensation claims. We have developed a strong reputation for helping those who have been injured because of the negligence of others and are here to help you when you need it. Making a claim for an injury as a volunteer worker is far easier than you might think.Open Claim Calculator
As a volunteer worker you are not paid for your services and this lack of income might put you off making a claim. However, you should be aware that the way Accident Advice Helpline works means that you do not need to have a lot of money behind you in order to make a claim. Our no win, no fee* system was designed to allow all people to access the legal services that they need when they have been injured. Why should you be out of pocket? Call us now on our 24-hour free helpline to find out just how we can help you put your life back together.