Falling at work
Slips, trips and falls are not uncommon in the workplace, especially in industries or trades that use ladders or have a high chance of spilling liquids. A window-cleaning firm, for instance, will need to ensure the appropriate equipment is provided to staff, and it needs to be in full working order. Gone are the days when an employer can simply give a worker a ladder and tell them to climb it. Nowadays, the ladder needs to be properly supported to minimise the risk of the employee suffering a workplace accident injury.
In the included video of a work accident, the employee fell from a ladder that was entirely unsupported, on a smooth floor, and no other person was attempting to hold the ladder to keep it steady. The employee therefore could file an injury claim against his employer for not providing the appropriate equipment. If, however, the equipment was provided and the worker chose not to use it, then he is at fault and it is unlikely the claim can be processed.
What injuries can be claimed for?
It isn’t just falls from a ladder that workplace accident compensation can be claimed for. Any incident that occurred and wasn’t the injured party’s fault can be claimed against, including, but not limited to:
- Road traffic accidents
- Illnesses or diseases
- Slipping or falling injuries
- Injuries resulting from improper or imperfect equipment
Claims can also be made against injuries that may be considered ‘part of the job’, such as suffering from repetitive strain injury in a role as a typist, or hearing damage after working with pneumatic drills. In short, if you are injured at work and it wasn’t your fault, you can seek compensation.
No win, no fee* claim
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that operates on the no win, no fee* basis – if you do not win your claim, you do not pay the company fees. If you’re unsure if your injury is eligible to claim for, you can use the 30-second calculator on Accident Advice Helpline’s website, or call the 24/7 helpline to discuss with an adviser whether you should proceed or not.Open Claim Calculator
As trained lawyers with 13 years’ experience, you can be sure that Accident Advice Helpline will fight your corner to get you what you deserve. Esther Rantzen is so confident of the service that she is patron of the firm, so give them a call to find out if you can claim for your injury.