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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

    Are safety switches compulsory?

    Until recently, the question, ‘are safety switches compulsory?’, would have had to have been answered with a no, although they were recommended. Recent changes in legislation, IET Wiring Regulations BS 7671: 2008, Third Amendment,, means that as of the 1 July 2015, RCD protection is now required under Regulation 415.1 of the new BS 7671:2008+A3:2015 Regulations…..

    Are helmets mandatory when riding a bicycle on the road?

    The Highway Code provides some specific advice on safety attire for cyclists on the road. The Highway Code: Are helmets mandatory for cyclists? Rule 59 of The Highway Code states that cyclists should wear: ‘a cycle helmet which conforms to current regulations, is the correct size and securely fastened’ ‘appropriate clothes for cycling. Avoid clothes….

    Do you need to be given training to operate a forklift?

    According to, it is believed that every year, around 8,000 accidents at work involving forklifts are reported. Many of these forklift accidents are serious and some result in fatalities. Common causes A great deal of forklift related accidents are caused by operator errors, lack of knowledge concerning equipment and/or the working environment and lack….

    How does the law deal with food poisoning?

    Food poisoning is an umbrella term used to describe conditions which arise as the result of having consumed food that has been infected with one of many types of bacteria. In most cases, food poisoning is not serious and will clear up by itself, however it can be an extremely debilitating illness to children, the….

    Damages when you make a compensation claim and win

    Determining the amount of compensation due if you make a compensation claim and win is not an easy process. There are a number of factors to take into account when making a claim for compensation including to what extent the party at fault was negligent, whether or not the injured party was partially responsible for their own….

    Are handsfree sets whilst driving allowed?

    It is a fact that using your mobile phone whilst driving drastically increases the chances of being involved in a road traffic accident. As a response to the dangers of using a mobile phone when driving, handsfree sets have become an almost ubiquitous driving aid for those who need to stay connected whilst on the….

    If you step on a syringe at the common, who is responsible?

    Stepping on a syringe is a terrifying ordeal for anyone to endure. The sheer number of injuries and illnesses that can arise as the result of stepping on a syringe can be described as no less than shocking. If however you were to step on a syringe at the common, who would be liable for….

    Health and Safety equipment on a building site

    No matter the sector of employment, employers must always ensure that they take reasonable measures to protect the health and safety of their employees, and prevent accidents at work. In the construction sector, you can be working with specialist equipment on a building site, which presents unique hazards to workers that can cause work-related injury….

    How does the claim process work?

    For many people who’ve been injured as the result of an accident, the claim process can at first seem quite daunting. With the expert and professional help of Accident Advice Helpline, it doesn’t have to be so. We aim to make the claim process as transparent and efficient as possible. By explaining exactly how the….

    How can you tell if a company is negligent?

    Most compensation claims, whether due to accidents at work or holiday-related illness or injury, are the basis of legal negligence cases. But beyond feeling as though someone is to blame for the harm and distress you have endured, how is it possible to tell if a company is negligent and was the cause behind the….

    What are the elements needed to determine negligence?

    Negligence is a serious matter and it can materialise in a number of ways and be committed by a number of different entities, from multinational companies to other individuals. It is the one element that is needed if you are to make a claim for compensation after suffering such things like a road traffic accident or a slip,….

    Consumer Protection Act (1987): What does it protect?

    The Consumer Protection Act of 1987 was brought in to protect the consumer should an item they have bought, especially of an electrical kind, should malfunction. How does the Consumer Protection Act relate to a faulty appliance claim? If an appliance malfunctions, most of the time it will cause an inconvenience to the consumer as….

    Injury claim jargon buster: What does litigation mean?

    Accident claims such as those that are being made due to an accident at work can be stressful as it is without all the jargon of the courts and lawyers. Even reading through one document of the process can be daunting and confusing. There are many words which we would rarely use in everyday speech….

    Injury claim jargon buster: What does civil action mean?

    Legal jargon can make the compensation claims process stressful and this is why Accident Advice Helpline provides jargon busters and clear explanations throughout the claims process. If you’ve been involved in an accident at work and you would like to claim compensation without any hassle, let the outstanding personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline….

    Injury claim jargon buster: Personal injury protocol

    A personal injury protocol, also known as a pre-action protocol, is a code of practice parties are expected to follow when they are faced with or involved in a legal case. A specific pre-action protocol for personal injuries came into force in the UK in 1996, in order to help direct the practice of making….

    Injury claim jargon buster: What does search order mean?

    The legal world can be confusing if you’re unfamiliar with the terminology and jargon, but luckily Accident Advice Helpline is there to translate the jargon and make the claims process for road traffic accident compensation as simple and stress-free as possible. Busting the jargon: What does search order mean? If you’re thinking about claiming road….

    Injury claim jargon buster: What does ‘statement of case’ mean?

    A statement of case is the legal term for any formal documents used in the courts of England and Wales, in which a party sets out its legal case. An old term for this is ‘pleading’, which was in use until the introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998, which aimed to simplify the process….

    In focus: Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005

    The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 were instigated to protect employees from having to work in an environment which could cause a severe work injury including industrial deafness. Why are these regulations important in helping to prevent any accidents at work? By imposing these regulations employers are forced to comply with these rules….

    In focus: Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)

    The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) offers compensation for any illnesses or injuries, such as minor fractures, amputations and mental health conditions, which were sustained due to participating in service-related activities, following 6 April 2005. Eligibility Compensation claims may be submitted by any former or current members, including reservists, of the UK armed forces. In case of service related….

    Crown Proceedings Act (1987): Unfairly preventing military claims for 28 years

    Anybody employed by the military of England and Wales is employed by the Ministry of Defence, which just like any other employer has a responsibility to protect its employees from an illness or injury at work. The Crown Proceedings Act of 1987 strengthened the rights of those employed by the military, by making it possible….

    In focus: Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005

    Given the number of threats to safety at work, it is not surprising that such a range of stringent laws concerning injury prevention at work exist. One of the most significant work safety laws of the last 10 years is the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005. What kind of accidents at work was….

    In focus: Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992

    The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 is a set of rules to ensure that companies cater to all their works needs in the office when it comes to the set-up and maintenance of electrical items to prevent any work injuries. What electrical items come under these regulations? The main equipment that this….

    In focus: Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992

    Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPE) is a way officials can make companies provide protective equipments, when necessary, to prevent accidents at work. Where do these regulations apply? These regulations can, for example, apply to jobs where there is a lot of dust or gas in the air that could be breathed in….

    In focus: Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

    A robust health and safety policy is essential in reducing the number of instances of accidents at work. To this end, the government introduced the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 in order to provide employers with guidelines for ventilation, lighting, temperature, cleanliness, room dimensions and other sources of accidents in the workplace. Here,….

    In focus: Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

    According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), ‘musculoskeletal disorders account for almost half of all work-related ill-health and manual handling injuries represent over a third of accidents reported annually’. With so many accidents at work revolving around manual handling related injuries, it is no surprise that regulations have been put in place to guide….

    In focus: Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

    The Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 require employers to protect employees against injuries at work by ensuring that provided work equipment and machinery is: Suitable for use in its intended purpose and for the conditions in which it will be used; Maintained in a condition that is safe for use and….

    In focus: Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

    The Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 require employers to protect employees against injuries at work by ensuring that provided work equipment and machinery is: Suitable for use in its intended purpose and for the conditions in which it will be used; Maintained in a condition that is safe for use and….

    In focus: Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

    Accidents in the workplace can be a serious, debilitating and expensive occurrence for employees and business owners alike. The injured member of staff may well incur damage to both their physical and mental health whilst the employers will be faced with a depleted workforce. It is little wonder, then, that stringent health and safety laws….

    What does the ‘Six Pack’ refer to in regards to health and safety?

    When you leave home each morning, the last thing you want to think about is an accident at work and this is why health and safety guidelines are so important in the workplace. Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured at work each year in the UK. If you’ve had an accident at work and you….

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