Sometimes, it can be very difficult to ascertain exactly who (if anyone) is to blame when it comes to injuries sustained in the workplace. But with accidents in the workplace costing victims many thousands in loss of earnings each year, it’s important to think about whether or not your accident could have been prevented in order to assess whether or not you may be entitled to compensation to help you to shoulder the financial burden.
Assessing where the blame lies
According to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, your employer has a duty of care to ensure your safety at work as far as is reasonably possible. If they haven’t done enough to ensure your safety, this may be considered employer negligence.
Ask yourself whether or not your injury could have been prevented, and how it could have been prevented. For example, if you have tripped over a box, could it have been prevented by the box not being there? Should the box be there? Who has put it there? If you have personally placed the box in your own way, you may not be able to claim that it was your employer’s fault. If you have tripped over the box because a fellow employee has put it in your way, however, it may be the case that they haven’t received adequate training on how to avoid creating hazards in the workplace.
For more information on the exact health and safety standards that apply to your place of work, consult the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) website. You can also view the exact wording of the Health and Safety at Work Act on the British government’s legislation website at legislation.gov.uk.
How to claim personal injury compensation
If you feel that your injury wasn’t your fault, call our expert advisors here at Accident Advice Helpline for more information. They’ll be able to give you all the information you need on personal injury compensation and explain the claims procedure in more detail.
We are a law firm who specialise in personal injury compensation. We have helped many other victims of negligence to receive the compensation they are legally entitled to over the years on a no win no fee* basis. For a quick guide to your possible eligibility, complete our 30-second online claim calculator. Then, call us on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown