Your employer has a duty of care to ensure that you are safe at work and reduce the risk of injury to you as you carry out your day-to-day job. There should also be a proper system in place to identify and report risks so that they are dealt with by minimising or removing the risk as soon as it is reported. Your employer must also have insurance that will pay compensation to you if you are injured or become ill whilst carrying out your job. This compensation ensures that you are not left out of pocket and can pay bills and support dependants if you have an accident that was not your fault.
If a work colleague behaves in a dangerous or negligent manner which results in injury to yourself, you may be able to make a claim against your colleague for compensation, in the same way as if you were injured by faulty equipment or the lack of safety training. It will be the company against which you actually make the claim, rather than your colleague, unless they have committed an act of physical assault on you, in which case this will be a criminal offence for which your colleague is charged directly.
Employers are duty bound to make sure that all employees can carry out their jobs without causing a risk to themselves or other employees. If you are injured because of the actions of another employee, you should be able to make a claim against your employer as long as the injury that you have sustained could have been prevented by some action that your employer could have taken. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can put you in contact with a specialist lawyer who will help to advise you and determine whether or not you have a valid case for compensation.
If you are injured at work, you must seek medical advice right away as you will be unable to make a claim if you do not have medical records that detail your injuries. Any delay in seeing a doctor is not only dangerous for you, but may also harm a future case as it implies that your injury was not that serious. Record the details of the accident as soon as you can so that it is fresh in your mind, and also find any witnesses who will agree to make a statement in support of your version of events. Take photographs where practical to detail the cause of the accident that led to your injury or illness. The more information that you have, the better chance there will be of your claim being successful, so collect as much information as you can to support your claim. If you require any advice, the experts here at Accident Advice Helpline will explain how we can help you on a no win no fee basis.
Your employer has a duty of care to ensure that you are safe in the workplace, and that any risks that are identified are dealt with swiftly and competently. If you see a potential risk you should report it immediately so that it can be dealt with before someone gets injured, which is a far more preferable outcome to you or a colleague ending up in hospital.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 in order to get your claim started.
Date Published: October 11, 2013
Author: David Brown