Can I claim compensation for an injury at work?
We spend the majority of our waking hours at work. As a nation, we work hard and we expect certain core things in return from our employers. One of our expectations is that our employer will make sure that we are safe in our workplace. To answer the question Can I claim compensation for an injury at work? The answer is that if your employer did not keep you safe at work then, yes, you can.
What types of injuries can I claim compensation for?
There are many types of injuries sustained in the workplace, largely dependent upon what type of job is done. For example, in offices, retail workplaces and warehouses, slips, trips and falls are common. A slip, trip or fall can take place pretty much anywhere, but is commonly caused by a poorly maintained floor, clutter or obstacles or inadequate equipment.
There are also injuries that are specific to certain industries. For example, the use of vibrating power tools can result in white finger, a typist may suffer from repetitive strain injury, or working on a supermarket checkout or assembly line could cause an upper limb disorder. The construction industry poses a whole range of hazards, including falls from height, working with hazardous substances and even asbestos poisoning.
With Accident Advice Helpline, you too can claim compensation for an injury at work
Accident Advice Helpline has been helping clients to claim for work injuries of all kinds for many years now. Some of the types of work injury we have successfully claimed for include:
- Repetitive strain injury
- Upper limb disorder
- Slips, trips and falls at work
- Injuries involving faulty equipment
- Injuries involving incorrect use of equipment
- Manual handling
- Fall from height
- Exposure to hazardous substances or materials
- Exposure to excessive noises
- White finger and hand arm vibration syndrome
Health and Safety at work
Your employer has a legal obligation to make sure that Health and Safety measures are in place to keep you safe at work. If you have been injured in your workplace, something has gone wrong with those Health and Safety measures. Even if you feel that your accident was partly your own fault, you need to talk to our professional advice team. Often our clients find that the reason they may have used a piece of machinery incorrectly or suffered a back injury from incorrect manual handling is because their employer didn’t train them adequately. For more technical injuries, like hand-arm vibration syndrome, your employer is obliged to monitor and record your use of vibration equipment to avoid injury to you. Again, if you have suffered an injury, this may be because inadequate monitoring has taken place.
No matter what kind of workplace injury you have suffered, don’t sit back and assume that there is nothing you can do. It costs nothing to call us, so ring and talk to one of our friendly advisers today by calling 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993, operating 24/7.
Date Published: 26th May 2013
Author: David Brown