Neath Port Talbot Council recently paid out £72,570 for a workplace accident compensation claim after one of their employees was injured whilst strimming grass.
The Evening Post’s freedom of information request revealed dozens of similar settlements made by local councils for local authority claims – the largest of which was £52,400. Over the last three years, Swansea Council has settled 78 local authority claims by staff, paying out £1,180,478. 26 of these claims were for falls, whilst 13 were due to defective equipment, 12 related to lifting and handling, seven were for cuts and bruises and six were for assault. The lowest figure awarded in Swansea was £2,650. These settlements include money awarded to the member of staff, medical fees and third party costs.
Neath Port Talbot Council paid out £465,350 for 124 claims over the same three year period – five claims were for electric shock, 32 for slips, trips and falls and 10 for industrial deafness. One member of staff was unlucky enough to receive a low settlement of just £8. Compensation claims often never make it to court and are instead settled by ‘compensation agreements’ between the two parties involved.
Claiming compensation for accidents at work
There are some accidents for which nobody is to blame, but if you believe your employer’s negligence has directly led to your accident, you could claim compensation. Here are a few examples of the types of accidents which could occur in any workplace:
- Industrial deafness
- Electric shock
- Slip, trip or fall
- Injured by defective machinery
- Lifting and handling injuries
- Fall from height
- Struck by falling objects
If you have been injured at work, it is a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer, to see whether you could claim compensation. You may also wish to report your accident to the Health and Safety Executive, who may decide to investigate further.
How Accident Advice Helpline can help
You’ll need a personal injury lawyer to handle your claim, even though most claims don’t make it to court. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, our team of professional personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly to ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your accident at work. Because we work on a 100% no win, no fee** basis, there are no upfront fees to pay and we come highly recommended by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen. It’s free to call us and we’re happy to answer any questions you have, so pick up the phone today.
Source: The Evening Post
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown