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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

    A guide to claiming for shipping accidents


    If you are a business that specialises in shipping goods, it is not only the items that you need to look after. In the event that you are injured while transporting goods then it may be possible to claim compensation. Knowing how to claim for shipping accidents can allow you to get the compensation you deserve.

    Companies should be prepared

    It is the responsibility of companies to have the right kind of liability insurance for their employees. In the event that they are injured while shipping items (and it wasn’t their fault) then they ought to provide compensation when the employee is injured. In theory, this compensation ought to reflect the amount of time that they will not be working and to ensure they are properly looked after.

    Proving liability

    Where this becomes complicated is whether or not the company accepts responsibility for shipping accidents. A company may refuse to do so if they feel that they were not responsible and it was something beyond their control, or that the employee was not behaving in a responsible manner. For example, if you are messing about with a fire extinguisher and you hurt yourself then this is not the fault of your employer. However, if you are hurt because your employer did not give you the right protective clothing then you ought to be entitled to compensation.

    Acceptable level of risk

    Another debatable aspect is what constitutes an acceptable level of risk. Obviously, shipping accidents caused by freak weather conditions are outside of the control of the employer. However, if they expect you to make a delivery in bad conditions even after you have expressed concern and you get injured then this is an example of a situation that could have been prevented and the employer needs to recognise the difference between risks they cannot prepare for and those that they can prepare for.

    Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline

    Accident Advice Helpline has been operating for over 13 years now. We have had a lot of satisfied clients, many of whom have posted positive reviews online recommending our services. It is not just about pursuing claims but also informing people about the nature of claims and whether or not they should pursue them. We believe in giving people the information they need and the chance to get the compensation they deserve. The helpline is open 24 hours a day so there is always someone there to listen to your concerns and allow you to decide whether or not you wish to pursue a claim further. Don’t delay, contact us today to see if we can get you compensation for your injuries.

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    Date Published: October 18, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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