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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Blame for accident injuries


    Who’s to blame for accident injuries?

    Accident Advice Helpline have been providing assistance to people that have been injured in accidents that were not their own fault for over a decade. They have helped many thousands of clients to claim compensation for their injuries and for financial losses that they have suffered as a result of the injury. You may be wondering who’s to blame for accident injuries.

    Before a client contacts Accident Advice Helpline they often ask themselves some important questions about their accident and their injuries. This is because you can only claim for an accident that was not your own fault. If you caused the accident by something that you did or did not do then you cannot make a claim. Here is the sort of questions that you need to ask yourself.

    Who’s to blame for accident injuries in a road traffic accident?

    Perhaps the best way of thinking about this is not to ask yourself was your road traffic accident not your fault but to ask was it someone else’s fault. We should all drive with due care and attention to ensure that other road users (and ourselves) do not get hurt. This means abiding by the Highway Code (including obeying the speed limits) and paying attention to other road users. It also means altering our driving according to the road and weather conditions.

    If another driver has not done this and as a result there has been an accident in which you were hurt then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can advise you on how to do this. It is also very easy to get this advice as they have a 24/7 hotline number that you can use. You can make a claim if you are the driver or passenger of another vehicle, a cyclist or a pedestrian.

    Who was to blame for accident injuries in your workplace?

    Again, a better way of thinking about this is to ask yourself was your workplace accident your fault or someone else’s fault. The ‘someone’ in these cases is often an employer. This is because an employer has a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. There are many ways in which this is achieved. They need to have a clear policy towards health and safety. They need to assess all of the work tasks to identify all of the hazards that are associated with them. Then they are required to introduce procedures to minimise or remove the risks. Hazards in the workplace are very varied and include:

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    • Chemical substances
    • Radiation
    • Dangerous machinery
    • Loud noises
    • Dust
    • Working at heights
    • Electricity
    • Risk of assault

    The procedures introduced to minimise them include safe working methods, substituting dangerous substances or machinery with safer ones and appropriate instruction and training. Personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, ear defenders and hard hats are also essential for some work tasks.

    If your employer has failed to safeguard your health and safety and there has been an accident in which you were hurt then you may be able to make an accident not your fault claim for compensation.

    Call us now for more information on 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: 13th July 2013

    Author: Sharon Parry

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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