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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    I didn’t use work safety equipment – can I claim for injury?

    Some jobs require the use of work safety equipment. This could be to prevent injury or illness caused by the items the worker is handling. It might also be to prevent injury from using machinery or from being in a confined space where gases or fumes might be present. There is all manner of other examples we could use here, too, such as having a hardhat on when on a construction site. If you didn’t use work safety equipment, you could end up experiencing an injury of some kind as a result.

    Research finds an interesting belief

    A recent body of research carried out on our behalf looked into various statements surrounding the idea of being injured or hurt while in a variety of situations, and whether or not it might be reasonable to claim compensation in those situations. For example, one of the statements related to someone being provided with safety equipment by their employer. If that individual decided not to use it, would they still be able to claim for injury?

    Just over a quarter of people thought they would be able to claim for injuries in this situation. Meanwhile, the majority, nearly 75% of those questioned, thought there would be no basis for a compensation claim to be lodged under these circumstances. The majority got the answer right in this case. If your employer provides basic safety procedures, proper training and proper safety equipment and you didn’t use work safety equipment, you may not have a valid claim.

    Finding out more about your own situation and injuries

    Of course, every situation is very different and the facts must be looked at in order to work out whether you could have a valid claim following the incident of an injury at work. To this end, if you have been hurt in the past three years and it happened in your workplace, it might still be worth speaking to an expert at Accident Advice Helpline.

    Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to someone with experience of such cases. One of our lawyers might be able to support you through the process of making a no win, no fee* claim. If this turns out to be the case, you will be able to find out what comes next, and whether a claim could actually meet with a successful outcome for you.

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    Accident at Work True or False

    Date Published: May 3, 2016

    Author: Allison Whitehead

    Category: Research

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.