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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

    Who is liable for an accident at work?


    Accidents at work can and do happen, and if you have been injured at your place of work, it can be tempting to assign blame without looking at the facts. Whilst sometimes it is true that employer negligence has directly caused an employee’s accident, there can be other reasons which led to an accident occurring, and it’s important to look into the situation to see exactly what happened.

    When is an employer liable?

    If you’ve been injured as a direct result of employer negligence, then your employer is liable for your accident at work. Here are some examples of when you could consider claiming for compensation:

    • Injury from a slip, trip or fall due to a wet floor or loose electric cables
    • Injured by falling files or other equipment at work
    • Injured by faulty equipment or machinery which has led to time off work
    • Injury due to lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) – for example, contact dermatitis or burns when handling toxic chemicals without PPE

    These are just a few examples of employer negligence. Your employer has a duty to keep you safe whilst you’re at work, and if they fail to meet health and safety responsibilities, they could be considered liable for any accidents which occur. If you have reported faulty equipment to your manager and the company has failed to repair or replace it, any accidents which then occur could be the fault of your employer.

    When is an employee liable?

    Whilst your employer should take steps to protect employees at work, they are still ultimately responsible for their own health and safety. You shouldn’t put yourself at risk whilst at work – for example, if you can’t reach files, you shouldn’t climb on a chair to do so. You should take your time when moving around at work, and keep your workplace tidy, reporting any hazards or faulty equipment to your manager. If you trip over your own boxes of equipment or cables which you have left lying, you can’t really hold your employer liable. Likewise, you should take steps to protect your colleagues at work – for example, if you’re mopping the floor, make sure wet floor signs are present and that people are aware of the risk.

    Claiming for compensation

    If you believe your employer is liable for your accident, you’ll need the services of a personal injury lawyer, so call Accident Advice Helpline. Our Freephone number is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and can offer confidential, no-obligation advice, with a 100% no win, no fee service.

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    What’s more, we’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard, so you know we’re good at what we do. With more than 13 years’ experience in the personal injury compensation industry, we will do our best to guide your claim towards a successful outcome, so call us today to see how we can help you.

    Date Published: December 15, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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