Did your occupational claim arise because your employer did not bother updating their risk assessment? Maybe they asked you to carry out a new task which had not been risk assessed? Accident Advice Helpline have been helping people with this sort of claim for the past decade. We have teams of highly trained lawyers who can pick their way through the complexities of every occupational injury claim and negotiate fair sums of compensation for our clients.
Occupational injury claims
The legislation requiring risk assessments in the workplace was introduced many years ago and there is an abundance of guidance and help available, so there really is no excuse not to carry one out. To be fair, the majority of employers have done so and many think that this is enough to prevent accidents and enough to prevent them from becoming involved in occupational injury compensation claims with an injury lawyer. However, that is simply not the case. Risk assessments have to be active documents and have to be continually revised. This is because:
- The work tasks change;
- The locations where work tasks are carried out change;
- The time of day when work tasks are carried out change;
- The employees who are carrying out work tasks change;
- The equipment that is used to carry out the work task changes;
- The chemicals that are used to carry out the work task changes;
- The safety requirements and guidance changes;
- New health effects arising from work places are discovered (research); and
- Employees forget their training and need to have it refreshed.
For all of these reasons, the risk assessment will need to be updated on a regular basis. If it was carried out many years ago and has been stuck in the back of a drawer ever since then, it is unlikely to be effective and an occupational injury claim could arise.
Accident Advice Helpline assist clients in making occupational injury claims by helping them prove that their employer was at fault for their accident. A non-existent or outdated risk assessment could be presented as evidence in this process. The injured employee would also provide a statement, as may other colleagues who witnessed the accident – these are called witness statements.
Further evidence is then required to prove that the employee was injured in the accident and this is usually provided by medical notes. A medical assessment report is also usually prepared by a medical expert.
Looking for an accident lawyer in Bishop’s Stortford?
We do not have an accident lawyer in Bishop’s Stortford working directly for us but this doesn’t matter, we can still help you claim as we are a national injury law firm that covers all areas of the UK. So if you need an accident lawyer in Bishop’s Stortford, or anywhere else, make us your first point of call.
For more information, and to let us be your accident lawyer in Bishop’s Stortford, call 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and speak to one of our advisors.
Date Published: 10th January 2014
Author: David Brown