Workplace accidents make up a large proportion of the claims for accident and injury compensation in Sutton, but many who have been hurt while doing their daily duties are still unaware that they could actually make a claim.
Instead of getting the information they need on how to make a claim, they tend to be discouraged from claiming by someone in the HR department or they just make the assumption that because it was an accident, they’re not going to be eligible to claim.
In actual fact, if it can be proven that the accident was caused by someone or something else, all employees may be eligible to claim for compensation for their injuries no matter where they were sustained or what profession they work in.
A few examples of claims for workplace accident and injury compensation in Sutton
Warehouse workers are often required to go climbing up ladders or to move products around in order to get them shipped out to customers. Quite often this involves plenty of manual labour, carrying boxes or items around which might be heavy; and it can also involve the use of forklift trucks when they’re especially heavy or hard to reach.
When the employee isn’t provided with equipment to help them to either reach or move the item it can put a lot of strain on their body, potentially causing injury to areas such as the back or shoulders.
With forklifts it is very common to hear stories of people being hurt because they either didn’t see it, or the operative didn’t see them. That is why warning signs need to be clearly displayed when the machine is in use and high visibility, protective clothing needs to be provided and worn.
Another example of workplace accident and injury claims in Sutton relates to industrial disease and illnesses. Some employees are required to work with hazardous substances or the kind of materials that can cause dust which may be breathed in.
To prevent any illnesses or diseases from developing these employees should be provided with protective clothing and equipment but it’s all too common for companies to fail to do this, which exposes the worker to the substances, and, as a result, they pick up viruses that could have serious consequences.
Finally, employees should always be encouraged to take breaks, especially when they sit at a desk working on a computer all day, every day. Staff can develop eye strain which may cause long-term damage to the eyes, or they may develop some kind of muscular or skeletal issues as a result of sitting in the same place for hours on end each day trying to hit the strict company deadlines and targets.
When staff are either not allowed to take breaks or discouraged from doing so, it can be particularly bad for their health, and the company could be liable.
Claiming for compensation
Should you wish to claim for compensation for any kind of injury sustained in the workplace, contacting Accident Advice Helpline should be your first port of call.
You can find out in under 30 seconds if you might have a no-win no-fee claim by filling in your details with our online test (you can even get an estimate on how much it could be worth if you’re successful).
We’ve got a team of highly experienced personal injury lawyers on-hand to take care of your case to get the compensation you deserve, and they can provide you with any advice or information you might need along the way.
To find out more, call now on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0992 from a mobile) and speak with one of our friendly personal injury lawyers about accident and injury compensation in Sutton Coldfield.
Date Published: 6th July 2015
Author: David Brown