When you hear people talking about injuries at work, you’ll hear the phrases ‘slip, trip or fall’ or ‘manual handling injury’ used often – but what types of injuries are these actually referring to? Accident Advice Helpline wanted to know more about the specific types of injuries at work that people were suffering, so we commissioned a survey to find out. The results are in, and we’ve discovered that there are a huge variety of different types of injuries sustained in a wide range of accidents, affecting people working in vastly differing roles and industries.
What injuries could you sustain at work?
Our survey asked people to describe their injuries in more detail, and here are some of the answers we received:
- Broken ankle after falling downstairs
- Chemical eye injury
- Slipping on a pile of rubbish left by the cleaner
- Cutting my hand open on a post box
- Burns from an oven
- Falling upstairs carrying a tray of tea and coffee
- A forklift truck hit my workbench and I lost my fingers
- Repetitive strain injury to hands after working 70+ hours a week for a few months, due to staff shortages
- Back injury after slipping on a wet floor
As you can see, these injuries at work range from the very minor to extremely serious and life changing. For example the person who lost their fingers may never be able to return to their job, or they may need to work reduced hours. Their whole life will be affected – and the person who caused their accident could be held liable. It could be that the forklift truck was being operated by somebody without proper training and experience, in which case their employer could be responsible for their injuries.
Should you claim compensation?
No matter what injuries at work you have suffered, you’re entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation if somebody else is at fault. That person may be your employer, or it could even be a negligent colleague. Whatever has happened, you’re probably feeling confused and a bit uncertain, which is where Accident Advice Helpline can help you. We’ve been helping people claim compensation for accidents at work since 2000, and you can call us 24/7 on our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to get advice from our expert team.
We offer advice in confidence, with no obligation to go ahead with a claim, and if you do decide to proceed, our lawyers operate on a 100% no win, no fee* basis – that’s one less thing to stress you out.
Date Published: July 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton