The Health and Safety Executive’s annual figures show that 27 million working days were lost because of work-related illness in 2012/13, whilst 1.1 million people suffered a work-related illness in the same period. Many individuals will need expert advice if they have been injured at work in order to determine if their employer has been negligent or not.
In Essex, the council recently paid out £230,000 compensation to a teacher who suffered severe injuries from slipping on a sauce sachet in a school corridor. This claim was settled out of court, with £90,000 paid for damages, £120,000 for legal fees and a further £20,000 for additional costs. Essex County Council also paid out a large sum in compensation to a member of staff who slipped twice in one day on a wet floor, suffering spinal injuries.
The National Union of Teachers support its members in making claims for compensation when they feel that employers have not taken the necessary steps to keep their members of staff safe. Whilst the amount of compensation paid out can vary depending on individual circumstances and the injuries sustained, the money awarded can help those injured to cover their loss of earnings and pay for medical treatment or care, plus other vital costs.
Injured at work?
If you have been injured whilst working at a school or other council-owned business, you could claim for compensation, although you will need to prove that your employer has been negligent. Slipping on a wet floor, sustaining an injury from defective school equipment or being injured whilst carrying out your duties could leave you signed off work and suffering a loss of earnings. When making a personal injury claim, you will need the services of a personal injury lawyer who can determine if your employer has been negligent and gather evidence to show this.
Source: Harlow Star