Employers have a legal duty of care towards their employees – therefore if you have had a work-based accident that was not your fault then you will be entitled to compensation.
Unfortunately accidents will happen and they can happen in any type of work environment. Every work place will have its own set of hazards and these should not be ignored as this can result in an accidents happening. All employers are required to do whatever they can to order to ensure that the workplace is safe and the risk of accidents is kept as minimal as possible. The type of things that employers need to do is to test machinery on a regular basis and keep it well maintained. All employees also need to be trained in how to operate the machinery and they need to be provided with any safety equipment that they will need in order to be able to do their job safely.
Both employers and employees are required to conduct regular risk assessments to ensure that there are no new hazards arisen and that all required safety precautions are in place.
The importance of Health and Safety
If the employer fails to take these safety measures and an accident happens then they will be in serious trouble as they have failed to comply with Health and Safety Regulations. If you have been injured as a result of the accident then you will have strong grounds for claiming compensation, especially if the accident could have been avoided.
There is a lot of people that feel that it is important to claim the compensation that they are entitled to for the accident, however they are reluctant to make the claim when it is against their employer. You do not need to worry about being dismissed from your job after making a claim or being treated differently because there is legislation in place to prevent this from happening. If you are dismissed due to making a claim then you will be able to claim for unfair dismissal.
Work related accidents could happen in a wide range of different work places including an office, shops restaurants, a warehouse and a factory. Work related accidents can also happen in a car or a van if driving is part of your job. If you are driving a company car it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that it is correctly maintained and is roadworthy.
Making a claim for a work related accident – an accident lawyer in East Anstey or a national law firm?
There are two main options when it comes to getting the compensation that you deserve and these are to get representation from an accident lawyer in East Anstey or to use a national legal firm such as Accident Advice Helpline.
Making use of an accident lawyer in East Anstey will mean that you have local representation, however the relevant experience that they have may be limited. A national legal firm may not give you local representation, however the lawyer will have more relevant experience and this can make a large difference to the case and the outcome of the case.
Make your claim for compensation today by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 17th November 2013
Author: David Brown