Who claims injury compensation?
How significant is the claims injury compensation sector in the United Kingdom? It is a significant one and covers a wide range of the law applicable to personal injury compensation. Whiplash tops the claims injury application league table, being way and above the commonest type of injury resulting from the impact of a vehicle collision. Broken limbs and degrees of concussion are also frequent reasons for claims injury victims will make.
At work, most claims for compensation result from falling on wet floors or slippery surfaces and also from being hit by plant or moving vehicles or machinery. All machinery is dangerous and although these days, most moving machinery has guards to reduce the incidence of accident, in fact, even a simple mop and bucket has a hazard rating, if we were to analyse equipment in those terms.
Some industries are more dangerous than others and the construction industry in particular tops the league. The number one motive for a worker who claims injury compensation is because he fell from a height, or again, got hit by moving plant.
Sports, especially team sports, are famously dangerous. Above all, motor racing, ski-ing, sky-diving and wind-surfing top the list. Even more sinister, however, are sports which appear benign but which can turn into a life-or-death situation with virtually no warning. For example, in any hill-walking, at any time of year, weather can suddenly come down, remove visibility, create frozen conditions and real, immediate danger. The British Isles have occasioned a higher than usual number of hill-walking and mountain-climbing accidents this year, as has Central Europe. Not so long ago, a woman was stuck in a ski-lift for a long time; not necessarily a claims injury situation in the making, but extremely uncomfortable and frightening.
If you are planning an adventure, especially doing something you are not familiar with, make sure you have all the right equipment and training. So, for example, if you are going mountain or rock-climbing, go with people who know the ropes. Again, if you are going sailing, go with a skilled crew and check the weather forecasts before you cast off.
Date Published: April 25, 2013
Author: David Brown