The facts about work injuries continue to be frightening; consider the figures for 2011-12. According to the Health and Safety Executive, 172 people were killed at work during this period. 212,000 people were forced to take time off work for over three days after suffering workplace injury, while 110,000 other injuries to workers were reported under the Reporting of Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). During the period 2010-11 injuries and illnesses – cancer excluded – cost the country £13.5 billion.
These stark work injury statistics hide stories of tragedy, hurt, and physical and psychological pain. They also beg the question of what you should do if you suffer a work injury. The first thing is to seek immediate medical treatment. Even if the injury does not appear to be serious, you should still have it looked at as injuries can worsen over time.
You should also ensure that the injury is noted in the accident book at your place of work.
If you believe you have grounds for an injury at work claim, you are advised to seek legal advice. At Accident Help Advice Helpline we have solicitors with the expertise to deal with this kind of case.
To make a claim for an accident at work you must not have been responsible for the injury that led to your injury. As far as health and safety in the workplace is concerned, your employer has a duty of care to all employees. Your employer must ensure that the place is safe to work in, which means carrying out risk assessments and ensuring that all machinery and – if applicable – vehicles are well maintained and in good working order. Safety gear and equipment should be allocated where necessary, and dangerous machinery must be fitted with safety guards.
The facts show that many workplace injuries are caused because employers fail to adhere to the strict health and safety requirements, and by doing so they leave themselves open to compensation claims by injured employees and possible prosecution.
If you have suffered a workplace injury, it is in your own best interest to contact us here at Accident Advice Helpline. This is because our solicitors will make you aware of your rights in relation to making a claim.
Based on the information you give us, we will assess whether you have grounds for an injury at work claim. We will need certain evidence such as witness statements from anyone who actually saw the incident leading to your being injured.
A medical report will also be very important, as this will detail the extent of your injuries and could help to determine the size of any successful compensation award.
Some people may be put off contacting us because they fear being faced with huge legal costs. This should not be an issue. The initial contact when we assess whether you have a case for a claim will not cost you anything. If we are able to make the claim on your behalf, you will be represented on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Date Published: October 14, 2013
Author: David Brown