Unfortunately, each year many hundreds of thousands of people are injured at work in the UK through no fault of their own.
Many of these people never even consider the possibility that their injuries were due to employer negligence, believing that they have simply ‘hurt themselves’ in the work environment, and shoulder the financial burden of long-term treatment themselves, sometimes even without adequate sick pay provision.
In fact, your employer has a duty to keep your work environment safe and free of hazards, and if you have hurt yourself at work, it may well be due to their negligence.
How do you know if an injury is your fault?
Consider the manner in which you were injured. Was it due to an inadequately-signposted hazard such as a slippery spillage or scalding hot water tap? Was it due to a falling object that should have been secured in its place or not placed up on high at all? Have you had an accident with a heavy piece of machinery that you weren’t properly trained to operate, or as a result of inadequate safety gear?
Although it’s always possible to have accidents at work, our employers have a duty to minimise risk as far as possible. Proper safety gear should always be provided, and we should never have to operate a piece of machinery for which we are not fully trained. The environment should be kept free of hazards, and that means that all staff should be trained in how to keep the environment free of hazards.
What to do if an injury wasn’t your fault?
If you believe that you have been injured at work through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline, who will be able to tell you not just whether or not your claim is likely to be valid, but also how much compensation you could potentially receive.
We are a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation, and have over thirteen years of experience in helping victims claim the compensation they are legally entitled to.
In most cases, claimants won’t have to attend court themselves, with the claim being completed over the telephone. For a very quick guide to your eligibility, have a look at our 30-second claim calculator online.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown