What is a freak accident? Put simply it is an accident you could never have seen coming. It might be something unusual that has long odds of actually occurring. For example a freak accident at work may have no warning that it is about to occur, giving you no chance of being able to avoid it happening in the first place.
Risk assessments are commonly used in the health and safety field to ensure as few risks as possible are present in the workplace. If an assessment is properly done it should identify all the potential risks and suggest ways in which those risks can be mitigated. However it still may not account for a freak accident at work taking place.
What injuries could be suffered by someone in this type of incident?
Really there are all kinds of things that could happen that might fall into this category. As such there are all kinds of potential injuries that might be suffered as well. The more you know and understand about these freak incidents, the more you will realise that it is impossible to predict how extensive or serious the injuries resulting from them might be.
Accident Advice Helpline has experience of dealing with claims that pertain to such injuries. They might be related to all kinds of workplaces and have occurred in all manner of ways. But in each case the most important thing will be to consider whether the accident was caused by another person in some way.
Are there industries in which such accidents might have a greater potential to occur?
No – the very nature of a freak accident is that you may never know where or when it might happen.
The chances of it happening at all would be long and it may never occur more than once in many years. As such any industry or workplace could potentially be the scene of this type of incident.
The good news is you may have cause to make a compensation claim if you’ve been injured and negligence is found to have been the reason why.
To learn if this applies to your situation, call Accident Advice Helpline for more details. The number you need is: 0800 689 0500.
You could also try the 30-second online test to see if you have a chance to make that essential claim after all.
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen