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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

    Volunteers and their rights if injured


    Knowing your rights when accidents at work occur is often straightforward. It goes without saying that it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure your health, safety and general well-being.

    But is this the case when a volunteer worker sustains an injury while they are offering their time up for a charity or organisation? If a volunteer worker experiences a slip, trip or fall, or indeed another work-related accident, what are their rights?

    Volunteer in the UK: accidents and injuries

    All organisations who allow the general public to volunteer to aid their operations are required to invest in public liability insurance.

    Public liability insurance not only protects the general public who may use their organisation for their own benefit – for example, the Brownies’ activities within Girl Guiding – it also protects the volunteers who give up their time to be involved with the programme.

    Simply, this means that should a volunteer sustain an injury or become ill due to an accident while volunteering for the organisation, the company is covered if the victim chooses to claim personal injury compensation.

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    Is it right to claim personal injury compensation?

    Many people feel it is wrong to claim against an organisation or charity that is predominantly offering a proactive service to the community or region.

    When considering if you want to go down the route of claiming personal injury compensation, you may want to consider how the accident has affected you and if you feel you have suffered harm significant enough to claim for.

    If you have been a victim of an injury that has left you impaired or hurt in any way, at no fault of your own, then you are well within your rights to claim personal injury compensation.

    Making sure you tick all the boxes

    To help back up your claim, be sure to collate the following:

    • Photographs of the accident and the issue that caused your accident
    • Photographs of your injury
    • Witness details
    • Documentation of any medical attention and treatment received

    Claiming personal injury compensation can be tricky for those with no legal experience. Allowing a law firm to manage your claim will ensure that it is dealt with as quickly and  professionally as possible.

    Accident Advice Helpline works on a no win, no fee* basis for their claimants to ensure that they don’t pay a penny in solicitor fees unless their claim is successful.

    With 13 years’ experience and an extensive legal team on hand, Accident Advice Helpline can ensure your case is dealt with by a specialised and experienced team.

    To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: December 31, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.