Unfortunately, accidents at work happen, as can other work-related injuries. Although many people are familiar with compensation claims arising from these scenarios, there is also a lot of confusion over what can and cannot be claimed for.
It may be somewhat obvious, for instance, that falling off a ladder will qualify as a work accident claim, but if you suffer from repetitive strain injury as a result of your job then you can claim for compensation too. Similarly, if you are injured as a result of using faulty products, you are able to claim because the employer is responsible for providing workers with appropriate equipment. The following list of claims is non-exhaustive.
Types of compensation claim
There are various types of compensation claim, including:
- Inadequate training leading to injury;
- Suffering illness or disease as a result of exposure to substances, e.g. asbestos;
- Road traffic accident if driving is part of the job (lorry driver, postal worker, etc.);
- Falls, slips and trips, either from height or on one level;
- Inappropriate equipment;
- Repetitive movements causing RSI; and
- Nerve damage resulting from vibrating equipment, e.g. pneumatic drills.
If, for example, your work accident involved falling off a ladder because of perhaps uneven flooring, inappropriate or lack of securing equipment, or you were driving the delivery lorry and were involved in a crash that was out of your control, you are able to claim work accident compensation because you were injured when it wasn’t your fault.
Ultimately, you can claim for any cause of injury provided you can prove your innocence, even if it’s an occupational hazard. Working as an asbestos remover doesn’t mean you should just accept the risk of lung cancer, nor should you accept the painful and permanent repetitive strain injury just because you knew the job involved lots of typing when you took it. Employees today have the security of being able to work in a safe environment, and with employers having certain responsibilities, employees can claim for compensation if those responsibilities are not met in full and lead to an accident or injury.
Whether you spent years digging up the road with a pneumatic drill and now suffer from phantom arm vibrations, or you slipped on a liquid that had no warning sign around it, you are entitled to claim compensation provided the incident took place within three years. If you’re unsure if your incident qualifies amongst the different types of compensation claim, Accident Advice Helpline have a 24/7 advice line to tell you all you need to know. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information or to start your own compensation claim.
Date Published: October 16, 2013
Author: David Brown