There are many reasons why industrial accidents happen. Inexperience or inadequate training might lead to individuals being placed in unfamiliar situations. If this happens in an office, where the worst thing that can happen to a new employee is a paper cut, then that is one thing, but if a worker is put before a machine that is operating at high velocity, then that is far more serious. Any machinery containing potentially hazardous parts should contain safety guards. As well as demonstrating safe techniques, each apparatus should undergo regular maintenance to ensure parts are working correctly.
Of all the classic types of industrial accidents, finger and thumb injuries are amongst the most common. These are body parts that must be used by the vast majority of workers. In many instances tasks can become routine, particularly in the manufacturing sector, on production lines, or in factories were certain individuals perform allotted roles on a regular basis. This is where lapses in concentration can lead to mistakes. Safety equipment is only effective if it is properly installed in the first instance, and failure to do so can turn human errors into disasters.
What are the types of accidents leading to claims?
So many machines have the potential to seriously damage their users. For anyone who has experienced an issue involving machinery, it might well take a long time to recuperate. Finger and thumb injuries can be particularly debilitating because we rely on these digits for so many of the activities that are taken for granted. To suddenly lose the ability to use a particular hand will mean a complete re-training in using the other one. Losing the use of one hand could also have a detrimental effect on your ability to perform your normal tasks at work.
What would be my options for a no win, no fee* claim?
Your best option for claiming compensation after involvement in an industrial accident is to phone Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. After taking the details of your case, we will examine the facts tell you what happens next. You are not obliged to take this on-board, but we would strongly advise you to do so. Cases are conducted on a strict no win, no fee* basis, and the majority of these don’t even require you to attend a formal court hearing.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Thumb injury claim