If you need industrial accident advice, Accident Advice Helpline can assist. We deal with cases of this sort on a regular basis and you will find our telephone advisors sympathetic and helpful. Highly trained and experienced, they can discuss your situation with you and let you know if you are likely to have a valid claim. Then, if you decide you want to take action, they can put you in touch with a solicitor — all on a no win no fee basis.
Your rights in law
As you may be aware, there are a number of laws in place to help keep you safe whilst you are at work. Although it isn’t possible to eliminate every hazard in the workplace, your employer has a duty to minimise the risks. Dangers should be adequately signposted and you should have proper training in how to use any dangerous equipment. All equipment should be properly maintained to minimise the risk of malfunction. If your boss has neglected these duties, and you have been injured as a result, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim.
If you have an accident at work, your employer is obliged to record it in an accident book. This can provide a key piece of evidence in compensation cases. If your employer has failed to do this, they are in breach of the law. Serious accidents should also be reported to the Health and Safety Executive.
As well as reports on your accident, useful evidence can come from workplace CCTV (which usually needs to be collected quickly before it is automatically overwritten), and from colleagues who knew there was danger or saw the accident occur. If such witnesses are available, don’t try to take statements from them yourself — get their details and pass them to your solicitor. It is also useful to get photographs of the area where the accident occurred, especially if they are able to show damage to equipment or other obvious problems.
Medical evidence is essential when pursuing a case of this type. You will need to have been treated by a doctor for your injuries and you may also need an independent medical assessment. Your solicitor will be able to clarify this.
Many people worry about making claims against their own workplace, especially if they hope to continue in their jobs. In fact, we find that many of the people who come to us for industrial accident advice are able to return to work without any awkwardness, even after winning a lot of money. It is worth noting that this money is usually paid by an insurer and not by the business itself, so there’s little need to worry about the company going under.
Far from causing strife, making an industrial accident claim can actually improve the working environment. It can give managers the leverage they need to get important safety improvements made and it can ensure that nobody else suffers as you did. A successful compensation claim can improve your situation and also that of your workmates.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on your claim.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown