Volunteer work is immensely rewarding and there are many different volunteer roles that you could carry out, from being a dog walker to a charity fundraiser or litter picker. Just because you’re not being paid for your work doesn’t mean that your employer can be negligent though – they still have a duty to ensure your safety whilst you are at work, and if you’ve suffered volunteer work injuries whilst carrying out your role, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim personal injury compensation for your pain and suffering.
Our services come highly recommended by our patron, TV personality and UK consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen, and our 100% no win, no fee* service means you don’t need to be earning a huge salary to be able to afford to make a claim with us.
Common volunteer work injuries
Since we were established in 2000, we have dealt with hundreds of claims for volunteer work injuries – here are just a few of the more common injuries we have seen:
- Broken bones, head injuries and strains and sprains after a slip, trip or fall – for example, slipping on a wet charity shop or soup kitchen floor or tripping over hazards whilst helping out at a community garden
- Lacerations and electric shock caused by faulty gardening tools and equipment at an allotment or community garden
- Scalds and burns whilst volunteering at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter
- Lacerations or the risk of infection from sharp objects or needles whilst working as a litter picker
If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own whilst volunteering, think about who is at fault. It may be that your employer didn’t provide you with any volunteer training to enable you to carry out your job safely, or failed to ensure you were wearing protective equipment whilst carrying out potentially dangerous work.
Can I claim compensation whilst working as a volunteer?
You might think you can’t claim compensation against your employer if they are not paying you to carry out your work but that’s simply not true. Even if you are a volunteer, you’re still an employee and as such your employer has a duty to ensure your safety at work. If they haven’t provided you with the equipment and training you need to carry out your job safely and you’ve suffered minor or serious injuries as a result, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you could make a claim for personal injury compensation. Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 today to get advice from one of our expert personal injury advisors.