At Accident Advice Helpline, our advisors are often asked what classes as an injury at work. In fact the definition is wider than most of our callers expect. We deal with a large variety of claims from different kinds of workplaces, involving different kinds of injuries. Our aim is always the same – to get the best possible compensation deal for our clients.
Injury and illness
Although we usually deal with accidents, some workplace injuries have more complicated origins and we may also be able to help in those cases. Claims for accidents need to be made within three years, but it is sometimes possible to get a discretionary extension for cases in which an illness caused by a substandard working environment is not diagnosed until later. This has been used, for example, in cases of asbestosis.
Different causes of injury at work
A problem that classes as an injury at work doesn’t need to be caused by work-related equipment or activity. Simply tripping or slipping in the workplace can be grounds for a claim if it happens because safety precautions have not been adhered to. When you are at work, your employer has a duty of care. If risks cannot be avoided, they should be clearly signposted. You should be given adequate training to deal with any potentially dangerous equipment.
What if I work from home?
If you work from home using equipment provided by an employer, and you are injured because that equipment is faulty or you have not been properly trained to use it, your employer could be liable. Similarly, if you have an accident in a company vehicle that is used by more than one person, you may be able to make a claim against the company. Essentially, your employer’s duty extends to any work equipment, no matter where you are using it.
Time off because of an injury at work
If you are unable to work after receiving an injury at work, you can request money to make up for lost earnings as part of your compensation claim. You don’t have to be eligible for sick pay in order to be entitled to this as long as your accident was caused by your employer’s actions or negligence.
If you want to make a compensation claim regarding an injury at work, Accident Advice Helpline can put you in touch with a specialist work accident solicitor. As employment law can be a complicated area, this gives you the best possible chance of success. Because we have solicitors right across the UK, you won’t have to queue for expert help – just give us a call and we’ll set the wheels in motion right away.
What to do
If you’ve been injured at work and it wasn’t your fault, give us a call on 0800 689 0500 and we’ll see what we can do to help. Our highly trained staff will normally be able to tell you straight away if you can make a claim. We’ll help you all the way through the process so you can get the compensation that you deserve.
Date Published: October 14, 2013
Author: David Brown