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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

    Industrial injuries and the claims process


    If you’ve suffered any industrial injuries in the past, you could be entitled to compensation. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and our advisors will be happy to discuss your options with you. If you have a valid claim and decide to pursue it, we can put you in touch with a specialist solicitor. There will be no upfront charges and, if your case is successful, your employer will normally have to pay your legal fees.

    Bringing a claim for industrial injury could not only help you, it could force your employer to take action that will make the workplace safer for other people.

    What is an industrial injury?

    The term ‘industrial injury’ covers a lot of different things.  It can mean a factory accident that lands you in hospital, but it could also apply if you slip and fall on a wet office floor.  It can apply to problems such as deafness that are caused by conditions in your workplace but take a long time to develop.  It can also include an illness for which your employer is responsible – for instance, an infection you have contracted due to poorly maintained air conditioning.

    Employers’ liability

    In England, Scotland and Wales, your employer has a responsibility to protect you from illness and injury in the workplace under the Employers’ Liability Act 1969. The law makes clear that your employer has to maintain equipment in good condition, provide any necessary safety training and protect you from exposure to hazards (which can include things like asbestos or explosive materials). You should not be asked to lift things that are too heavy for you.

    The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 updates industrial safety legislation and covers general safety in the workplace. This can include things such as signposting to warn you about broken equipment or wet floors. If your employer does not fulfil these duties and you are injured as a result, you have a right to compensation.

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    How claiming can help you

    A successful claim for industrial injury can help you to recover costs associated with your injury and provide you with compensation for your suffering. You can be compensated for lost earnings if you have had to take time off work. If you suffer a major injury and can no longer work at all, you can be awarded money on which to live. You can also get help to adapt your house to help you to live more independently if you have acquired a disability.

    How to claim for industrial injuries

    Industrial injury cases are sometimes complicated, so it’s important to have a specialist solicitor on your side. We can arrange this for you and help to make the claims process as simple as possible. You may not even have to appear in court. Every successful claim of this sort makes things easier for other employees who bring similar claims in future, so you can contribute to making all workplaces safer in years to come.

    Date Published: September 21, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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