Compensation for a serious injury at work care are a specialist area of personal injury work. They occur when an employee has been injured in an accident at work that was not their fault. They can be complex, because the personal injury lawyer representing the injured person will need to show that the employer was at fault for the accident.
There is a raft of health and safety legislation in force in the UK at the moment that is designed to safeguard workers against injury. If the employers follow all the guidance, then they are much less likely to have one of their employees getting hurt. This also means that they are less likely to be involved in a compensation for an injury at work case.
What happens in a compensation for a serious injury at work case?
In a compensation for an injury at work case, the injured employee presents evidence that they have been injured and that the accident was the fault of the employer. This kind of case does not always get to court, as many are handled over the phone. The employee does not have to do this all by themselves — there are organisations that have been set up especially to help people with personal injury claims. Accident Advice Helpline are one of these organisations. We are easy to contact and waiting to take your call.
How employers can prevent being part of a compensation for a serious injury at work case
In an ideal world, there would be no accidents and no compensation for an injury at work cases at all. Unfortunately, that is not the world that we live in — people get hurt in workplace accidents every day. Accident Advice Helpline have handled thousands of workplace cases since we were established over 15 years ago.
There are several steps that employees can take to prevent accidents, many of which are connected to the concept of risk assessment. A risk assessment in the workplace is not as complicated as it may sound. It simply involves considering the roles of every employee in detail and considering the hazards that they may be exposed to during their working day.
Hazards in all shapes and sizes
Hazards come in all shapes and sizes and can cause a range of injuries. The most common are slip, trip and fall hazards, which can be as simple as a slippery floor or a worn floor surface. Electrical hazards and also very common, as nearly every workplace will have electrical equipment of some kind. Then there are chemical hazards and this does not just apply to manufacture and chemical factories.
Several dangerous chemicals are used in agriculture and construction. Also, many cleaning chemicals are dangerous chemicals and can cause serious injuries to eye and skin. The physical environment in which a worker spends their time can present several hazards in that they can fall off things, fall into things or can have things fall onto them and crush them. The machinery and equipment that they have to use to perform their job can also be potentially dangerous if precautions are not adhered to.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to start your claim.
Date Published: 11th September 2013
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Injury at work claim