Trips, slips, and falls, back and spine injuries, hand and finger injuries, head and brain injuries, exposure to extreme temperatures, atmospheric pressures, and electrical currents, and ingesting or inhaling harmful substances are just a few types of industrial accidents that can happen. Most injuries take place due to inadequate training, inadequate safety protections, and machine failure. Regardless of the injury you suffered or its degree of severity, it is important to know that you may be entitled to industrial accident compensation.
In the UK, more than 25,000 people are injured in industrial accidents every single year. Injuries range from minor discomfort to major health issues that can make a person unfit for employment. Considering this aspect, there is no wonder that more and more people who have suffered an industrial accident are looking for an effective way to receive the compensation they deserve. If you are one of these people, there is a chance to get compensation from the organisation or person responsible for the accident in question.
This type of compensation is usually awarded only if the victim can prove that someone else is to blame for that particular accident. The person could be one of your co-workers, your employer, or a sub-contractor carrying out specific tasks on the site.
Assessing your responsibilities
According to UK law, it is the responsibility of your employer to provide and maintain a safe work environment for you and your colleagues. When an industrial accident takes place, the employer will be deemed negligent by the court and you will be entitled to compensation. However, the following rules determine whether you can claim compensation or not:
- You are not entitled to compensation if you caused the accident. Although you will not receive compensation, your fellow employees can get it if they are injured.
- If someone else causes the accident and you are injured, the compensation will be payable only if you cannot earn full wages for more than two weeks.
- The compensation will be paid only if you were doing your work at the time of the accident. The only exception is if you were assisting your colleagues in solving an emergency.
If you want to claim compensation for your injuries, you must notify your employer by sending him or her a notice as soon as possible after the accident. This notice must include your name, address, the date of the accident, and the cause of the injury. If the notice does not include the aforementioned details or if it is not accurate, you may not be able to get the compensation you deserve. If your employer admits that he or she is liable to pay compensation, you must present conclusive evidence regarding your injury.
The UK legislation regarding industrial accidents is clear. Thus, it leaves no room for your employer to fail in providing rightful compensation for the injury you suffered. To make sure that you get the compensation you are entitled to, contact Accident Advice Helpline. This organisation is ready to provide you with access to an expert personal injury solicitor, who can assess the details of your case and ascertain within minutes whether or not you have a claim for compensation. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: September 24, 2013
Author: David Brown