Kathyrn Hay, 45, was working for Advanced Stairlifts (Scotland) Ltd in 2009 when she slipped down a step at work. The sales surveyor, who was working at a house in Lossiemouth, was using an extendable metre stick when she slipped whilst sitting down and fell onto the next stair down. Landing heavily on her bottom, she hurt her back and was off work sick the following week.
This was followed by three months of pain after her accident in November 2009. Ms Hay sued her employer after the accident and the judge, Lady Stacey, ruled in favour of Kathryn, commenting, “The work she had to do involved extending a metre stick while on stairs. It is foreseeable that such a manoeuvre involves a risk of falling.”
Kathryn’s employer maintained they had provided suitable equipment for the job and that it was unrealistic they could have been expected to foresee the risk of falling from a sitting position. She was awarded £2,500 in compensation from employer. If you have been injured at work, you may be able to claim compensation, but remember there is usually a three year time limit in which to make a claim.
Have you been injured in an accident at work?
Accidents at work have the potential to happen no matter what type of environment you work in. Whilst warehouses or construction sites are certainly more dangerous environments than an office, there is still the potential for accidents to happen at any of these workplaces. Here are a few examples of the types of accidents which could occur at work:
- Slip or trip
- Falling from height
- Being struck by objects falling from height
- Burns or scalds
- Illness caused by exposure to toxic substances, such as mesothelioma
- Industrial deafness or HAVS
If you have been injured due to your employer’s negligence, why not contact a personal injury lawyer to see if you could be eligible to claim compensation?
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You can trust Accident Advice Helpline to handle your claim if you’ve been injured in an accident at work. From slips, trips and falls to industrial deafness, we have been helping people just like you claim the compensation they deserve since 2000. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers offer confidential, no-obligation advice and because we work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, there are no upfront fees to worry about. So call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to see how we can help you – we’re open 24/7.
Source: Daily Record