There are thousands of self-employed people at work today. Many of them work by themselves, perhaps at home or in their own office or work premises. However, there are also many other self-employed people who work in other locations. Think about electricians working for a building company constructing new homes, for example. It is in this type of situation that someone might be injured at work when self-employed.
When you are self-employed, the buck will generally always stop with you. This holds true with regard to taking care of yourself and making sure your own workplace is safe to work in and holds no risks or dangers. However, every compensation claim that takes place has to provide proof that a third party was negligent. If this can be proven in your case, even though you work for yourself, a claim could still potentially go ahead.
A duty of care
This is a very important thing to think about. Every employer has a duty of care towards their workers. Most people realise this. However, even though you are self-employed, if you are working at a site or working environment owned and operated by someone else, the owner has a duty of care towards you as well.
Basically speaking, they cannot provide a dangerous environment with no protection and expect not to be on the receiving end of a compensation claim if a self-employed worker is hurt while doing their job in that environment.
Were you injured at work when self-employed?
It makes sense to have a talk with a personal injury solicitor if your injury occurred in similar circumstances while you were self-employed. This is all the more important because you might easily lose out financially if you are unable to work as a result of your injuries. After all, if you don’t work, you don’t get paid as a self-employed worker.
So why not give Accident Advice Helpline a ring to see if we can assist you? Our free enquiry line is available on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) for all those who might have been injured at work when self-employed. We also provide you with a free 30-second online test you can complete, to help you understand whether a claim could be possible. One of our solicitors might even accept your claim on a no-win, no-fee* basis, so call today.
Category: Injury at work claim