Work experience is a great way to get experience in the industry of your choice, and going on a work placement is a popular choice for teenagers still at school or university students – yet anyone of any age can technically benefit from work experience. Although you won’t be paid like an employee when you’re on a work placement, it’s still up to the company you are working for to keep you safe at work, and if you have an accident whilst you’re on your placement, you could claim work placement injury compensation.
A dangerous industry?
It might be that your work placement is in a ‘dangerous’ industry such as construction, manufacturing or agriculture. It really depends on the environment you’re working in, but you need to be supervised and given health and safety training to reduce your risk of being involved in an accident. For example, if you are undergoing a work placement on a construction site, you wouldn’t normally be allowed to work at height unless absolutely necessary, and a risk assessment would need to take place to identify what safety equipment was needed.
If you’re injured and you feel that the company you’re working for hasn’t taken steps to keep you safe at work, you could claim work placement injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline’s team of expert personal injury advisors offer confidential advice and are on hand to answer any questions you might have before you decide whether or not to make a claim.
It could be that you’ve been injured whilst on a work placement in an office or a retail environment – although these are considered less hazardous places to work, accidents can still happen. Should you be injured, you have the same rights as a paid employee to claim compensation for your pain and suffering.
How serious are your injuries?
You may have been lucky enough to escape your accident with cuts and bruises, but if you have been more seriously injured, for example suffering broken bones or a head injury, you definitely need to consider making a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is here to help any young person injured on a work placement get the compensation they deserve. Our professional personal injury lawyers will support you throughout the claims process and because we work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, you can afford to make a claim no matter what your personal circumstances. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more or get the ball rolling on your claim.
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton