Every day, most of us go to work, do our jobs and come home safely. Your personal safety isn’t usually foremost in your mind on an average day at work and being injured at your place of work isn’t what you expect to happen. But workplace accidents can and do happen, and you don’t have to be working anywhere dangerous in order to be injured. It may be that somebody else was responsible for your accident, and if this is the case, you may find yourself wondering whether or not you are eligible to make a personal injury claim.
Can I claim compensation for an accident at work?
Yes, under the proper circumstances. The good news is that you should be able to make a claim provided your workplace accident happened in the last three years and was somebody else’s fault. It’s important to report your accident to your employer, whether you intend to claim or not.
What types of accidents can happen at work?
Many people assume that workplace accidents only happen in ‘dangerous’ jobs, for example working on a construction site or for the emergency services. You might be surprised to learn that accidents can happen anywhere at any time, and you could be lucky enough to escape with minor injuries or be more seriously hurt. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people to claim compensation for accidents at work since 2000 and here are some of the most common types of accidents we have handled claims for over the years:
- Slips, trips and falls – for example, falling from a ladder or scaffolding or tripping on damaged flooring in an office
- Electric shock from faulty equipment or machinery
- Industrial accidents involving heavy machinery or factory equipment
- Vehicle accidents involving industrial vehicles such as forklifts
- Crush injuries which could be caused by something heavy falling onto you from height or by a heavy vehicle such as a forklift
- Burns and scalds from hot liquid or food
These are just a few examples of the types of accidents and injuries which could occur, and if somebody else (often your employer) was responsible for your accident then you could be entitled to claim compensation for an accident at work.
How can you help me?
With over 16 years’ experience helping workers claim compensation for accidents, we know our stuff here at Accident Advice Helpline. We also know that if you need to take time off work after an accident, your finances can be affected, which is why we don’t charge any upfront legal fees – all our lawyers offer a 100% no-win, no-fee service. If you’re interested in finding out more about how we can help you or if you have any questions at all, you can get in touch with us at any time after your accident at work by calling our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. All advice is offered in confidence and there is absolutely no obligation to proceed with a claim – we’re here to offer advice, so whether or not you claim compensation after your accident is entirely your decision.
Date Published: September 27, 2017
Author: Rob Steen