Thousands of people are injured at work each year, which results in financial hardship and many lost days to industry. Because of this, it is in everybody’s interest to avoid accidents at work and many accidents can be avoided. The sad truth is that in many cases, the person injured at work is quite often blameless and it is somebody else’s fault for the accident. In these cases, the person injured has a right to claim for damages and compensation, many of whom seek assistance from specialist law firms such as Accident Advice Helpline, who help hundreds of people each year recover damages for the pain, suffering and financial losses incurred because of other peoples negligence.
Not all accidents are somebody’s fault. No matter how careful people are, accidents can still happen and in these cases it is not possible to make a claim for compensation. In some instances, the person injured can themselves be at fault for an accident, such as if they are not looking where they are going or they fail to heed warning signs or proper health and safety procedures. Again, in these cases, it is nobody else at fault so it is not possible to claim damages.
Compensation is awarded only when people are injured at work and somebody else was negligent. Often this means the employer, as all employers have a duty of care to protect their workforce and ensure they are working in a safe environment. This means if you are injured at work and your employer has failed in their duty of care, they could be negligent. This may mean that you were provided with inadequate safety equipment, you were not trained properly or given adequate health and safety training, or the employer failed to enforce a health and safety culture, leading to other members of the workforce acting negligently and resulting in an accident in which you were injured.
What to do if you are injured at work
If you are injured at work, you need to ascertain if indeed your employer failed in their duty of care and were therefore negligent. This is not always easy to do, which is why it is best to seek help from experienced personal injury lawyers, such as those at Accident Advice Helpline. Our friendly team of legal experts provide confidential, no-obligation advice and can help you ascertain whether you can make a claim for compensation.