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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

    Hurt at work? – Your quick guide to claiming compensation


    The first thing to remember before you begin a claim for compensation is that if the accident was through your own negligence or if it occurred because of a series of circumstances that could not reasonably have been foreseen, it is unlikely that a claim of personal injury compensation will be successful. By contacting Accident Advice Helpline you will be able to find out whether you can claim for being hurt at work and how to proceed. For accidents at work there is normally a three year cut-off point for making your claim, but for some industrial health issues that can crop up a long time afterwards – an example would be exposure to a toxic substance – this limit is not finite.

    I have been hurt at work through inadequate training

    Your employer has a statutory obligation to make sure that you receive proper training for any task they ask you to carry out. It is your responsibility to let your line manager know if you are still unhappy about doing the job if you don’t feel adequately trained. Most training sessions end with a test or assessment of some kind – if you don’t pass this, you should not be expected to do the job but if pressure is brought to bear and you are hurt at work you will probably have good grounds for a personal injury claim. Take our 30-second test on the website to see if you qualify.

    A colleague has been negligent

    If you have been hurt at work because of the negligent behaviour of a colleague you must make sure that you have all of the details of what happened. Depending on why the person behaved as they did they may not be responsible – again, an employer must make sure that the workplace is safe and this includes making sure that all employees behave responsibly.

    I was given inappropriate tools or machinery

    If you are asked to do a job without the proper equipment you should refuse, but it is understandable that this may be difficult.  Again, if you are hurt at work through no fault of your own because of incorrect tools, you should make sure that you have all details to hand. Then contact our 24-hour helpline and speak to an expert (in office hours) or leave a message and we will contact you as soon as possible.

    Date Published: September 2, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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