If you have suffered an injury in an accident at work, you may have a right to receive compensation from your employer. Before you can sue them for your injury, you will need to work with us to prove that your employer was at fault for your accident. This may seem like an easy task, but the process is more complicated than you may think.
Your employer’s legal obligations
Your employer has a duty of care to you as an employee. This means that they should take steps to ensure your health and safety while you are at work. Your employer’s duty of care requirements are wide ranging, but they generally include:
- Undertaking risk assessments to identify and control hazards in the workplace
- Providing you with adequate training, instruction and supervision
- Ensuring a safe, well maintained working environment
- Informing you about the health and safety issues that may affect you in your line of work
- Supplying you with appropriate personal protective equipment
If your employer fails to fulfil their duty of care, you will be well within your rights to bring an accident at work claim against them.
Raising an East Dorset accident at work claim
Filing an East Dorset accident at work claim against your employer may seem like a trying experience, especially if you are still in pain as a result of your injury. For this reason, you may wish to hire an experienced Accident Advice Helpline solicitor to handle your claim. When you call our Freephone helpline instruct us to handle your claim, we will help you to prove your allegations and secure the compensation you deserve.
Estimating the size of your compensation settlement
Whilst the exact value of your East Dorset accident at work compensation settlement will depend on your individual circumstances, you will receive two main categories of compensation:
- General damages
General damages is the name of the compensation that relates to your injuries. When estimating the size of your general damages settlement, we will call upon the Judicial Studies Board guidelines, which will help us to attach a sum of money to your injuries.
- Special damages
If you have been unable to go to their work as a result of your injury, then the law enables you to receive special damages to reflect the wages you have lost and the out of pocket expenses you have been forced to pay out for.
Regardless of the circumstances of your accident, we will always aim to obtain the maximum possible compensation settlement from your employer’s insurance company.
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 17th September 2014
Author: Jan Newell