Everyone knows accidents happen from time to time. However, few of us would probably expect to have an accident in the workplace. Most jobs are fairly standard and safe, with no real dangers inherent in the work we are required to do. However, industrial injury compensation claims are made every year, and a proportion of them are successful. Industrial injuries can range from the fairly small ones that heal in good time, to life-changing ones that could leave a person disabled or looking at a complete change of career.
The big question to ask is whether or not your workplace is safe. Your employer must make sure it is, otherwise there is an increased risk of an accident occurring. This might happen if there has been no risk assessment to evaluate where any potential dangers lie.
Breaching the duty of care
Injuries may potentially happen if an employer breaches the duties they have towards their employees. For example they may not have provided proper training that could have prevented the accident in the first place. Even if proper training was given, the employer may have neglected to provide their employees with equipment to do their jobs with. Alternatively, the equipment might have been substandard or poorly-maintained.
As you can see, there are various ways you could end up being injured through no fault of your own. Even if you were not at fault though, it is imperative that you can show you were injured because of negligence on the part of another person. This may help you move more steadily towards an industrial injury compensation claim.
What should you do if you have been hurt?
Obviously medical care will be your first thought, but it is also important to find out more about the facts surrounding what happened. Do you have any witnesses to what occurred? Was anyone else hurt at the same time? Do you have any evidence in the way of photos or other materials that could help you with a claim?
Regardless of how you might answer these questions, you can make a call to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 now. This call could result in a no win, no fee* compensation claim being made on your behalf. We might be able to connect you with one of our lawyers who works in this very area, so call now to see.
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead