There’s a common phrase, ‘It takes all sorts to make the world go round`. The above photo is a good demonstration of that – to most people, placing a vehicle on a sloping roof defies common sense because it’s an accident (and personal injury claim) waiting to happen.
To others, though, it seems like a perfectly reasonable option. The chances of this turning into an industrial injury, however, are very high.
Seeking industrial injury compensation
In the instance of a worker injuring him or herself on the job, chances are many of them will want remuneration for getting hurt. However, although the UK has some of the best laws protecting workers from hazardous working environments, work accident compensation can only be sought if you weren’t at fault.
Taking the above photo as an example, then, if the worker operating the vehicle decided it was worthwhile stacking the vehicle to get the job done quicker, and he fell off and cracked his ribs, he wouldn’t be entitled to make a work accident claim because he was the one at fault. If, on the other hand, the worker asked his boss for more appropriate equipment and the employer responded with instructions to start stacking, then the injured employee is entitled to industrial injury compensation.
That the rules are strict is favourable – if compensation could be sought regardless of who was at fault, employees could legally get themselves into all manner of accidents just to try to get some extra cash. Thankfully, the law protects those who need protecting – including employers who were not at fault.
If a claim needs to be made because of industrial injury, and the employee is not to blame, then the easiest way to proceed is to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Doing so couldn’t be easier; the website has a 24/7 phone number to an advice line, as well as a Compensation Calculator, both of which tell an injured party if their case qualifies to seek injury compensation.
If the case is eligible, Accident Advice Helpline will represent you on a no-win, no-fee* basis, and chances are you won’t even have to attend court. Naturally, there is no set or guaranteed time to settle a case, so it will vary, but with experience spanning 13 years, Accident Advice Helpline is one law firm you can rely on.
Date Published: October 25, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Industrial injury claim