Although factories have become much safer over the years due to improved machinery guarding and legislation to make working practices safer, there are still a large number of accidents in factories each year which result in a factory accident claim.
Accidents in factories can include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Injuries involving poorly guarded machinery
- Burns and other skin conditions caused by spillages of hazardous substances
- Being hit by falling objects
- Back injuries caused by lifting items that are too heavy
Factory accidents can arise due to a dangerous workplace environment, or they may be caused by an unsafe system of work. For instance, back injuries may be a result of inadequate training of someone whose job involves lifting heavy items. Every factory that employs people is required by law to have Employers’ Liability insurance which covers it if an accident claim is made against it.
Am I entitled to make a factory accident claim?
If you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Your claim will include an amount for your pain and suffering, and an amount representing your anticipated future losses if your injury is not expected to heal fully. It may also include an amount for lost wages if applicable, as well as any other out-of-pocket expenses that you have incurred. It is important to keep receipts to support any claim for out-of-pocket expenses.
Your claim must usually be made within three years of the date of your accident, although it is better to make the claim earlier rather than later so you and any witnesses do not forget any important facts that could help your case. The unique 30-second online test at Accident Advice Helpline can help you to determine whether you have a valid claim.
It is possible to make the factory accident claim yourself, although you stand a better chance of getting the full amount of compensation due to you if you get professional help. This could be from your union if there is one, or a law firm specialising in work based accident compensation such as Accident Advice Helpline.
How can Accident Advice Helpline help me?
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with over 200 solicitors who specialise in this type of claim. All of the solicitors work on a no win no fee basis – so there is no risk of unexpected legal bills. The company has been helping people secure compensation for over ten years. Its patron is consumer champion Esther Rantzen.
The advice line is answered 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and most claims can be dealt with by telephone. It is unusual for claimants to have to attend court, although they may need to attend a medical assessment to determine the level of the injury that they have sustained.
Date Published: 24th May 2013
Author: Louise Thacker