Being injured at work is more common than you might think, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that accidents only happen in industrial environments such as warehouses or factories. In fact, accidents have the potential to happen in any workplace – you could trip over box files in the office, or fall from height whilst stacking shelves in the supermarket. Some accidents are more serious than others, and if you have sustained long-term work injuries, you may be unable to return to work or may have to reduce your hours due to your injuries.
Long-term work injuries include any type of injury which is likely to affect you in future, such as:
- Spinal or leg injuries which could affect mobility
- Head injuries including brain damage
- Eye injuries affecting vision
- Injuries to your hands
- Injuries to muscles or tendons which could affect your ability to work
- Severe fractures which don’t heal properly and leave you in pain
- Chemical burns
- Industrial illness such as HAVS
It’s your employer’s duty to keep you safe at work and they must follow health and safety legislation – this includes ensuring that the environment you work in is safe.
Has your employer been negligent?
If you’ve been injured at work and it has had long-term implications for your future, ask yourself if your employer has been negligent. Negligence could include things like failing to provide staff with the proper training to carry out their job, not maintaining equipment and machinery to a safe standard or storing hazardous chemicals in unmarked containers. If you suspect your employer has been negligent, you could report your accident to the Health and Safety Executive, who may carry out their own investigations, and you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Claiming with Accident Advice Helpline
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we’re used to helping people claim compensation for injuries sustained after workplace accidents – we’ve been in the industry since 2000 and have helped hundreds of customers. We’re proud to be endorsed by our patron, Esther Rantzen, and we work with a team of expert lawyers who can offer confidential, no-obligation advice and a 100% no win, no fee service. If you’ve sustained long-term injuries at work, why not call us today on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you have a viable claim? Or you could always take the 30-second test on our website to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to.
Date Published: February 12, 2015
Author: David Brown