As one of the UK’s favourite specialist personal injury claim solicitors, Accident Advice Helpline handle many claims for injuries caused by health and safety ignored at work in Suffolk to eyesight, sustained in the workplace. But as with any personal injury that victims wish to claim compensation against, the blame for the accident that causes the injury, must be the responsibility of a third party; someone other than the injury victims themselves.
If for example the victim was injured because he/she failed to wear their safety goggles, (always assuming that goggles were issued in the first place), then the chances of launching a successful personal injury claim would be severely compromised.
Claims for injuries caused by health and safety ignored at work in Suffolk
Health and safety in the workplace is now being taken more seriously than at any other time in the past. Most employers are readily aware of the duty of care they must discharge towards their employees. Carrying out a comprehensive risk assessments and issuing appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), is all part of that duty of care.
The employee’s duty of care
Employees too have a duty of care; firstly towards themselves in terms of acting sensibly and taking the necessary steps to keep themselves from harm, and secondly by following the rules and safety procedures as laid out by their employers. If both parties fulfil their respective duties of care, the number of injuries in the workplace will be reduced and there will be fewer claims made due to health and safety ignored at work in Suffolk.
Biting the hand that feeds
Some employees feel somewhat awkward about suing their employers for financial compensation following an injury in the workplace. They tend to feel that launching a claim is somehow biting the hand that feeds them. They should however be aware of two things. Firstly all employers must have employee liability insurance, and it is this insurance that pays when compensation is made.
Secondly by making out a proper accident report through the RIDDOR system, corrective action is usually taken by the employer to ensure that the same type of accident does happen to another employee. In other words, launching a claim, which will be referred back to the appropriate RIDDOR report can help to prevent others being injured in the future.
The size of compensation awards for claims regarding eyesight injuries
The amount of compensation paid out for claims regarding eyesight injuries in the workplace varies in terms of the severity of the injury, the circumstances in which the injury was sustained, and the prognosis for the injury victim. Permanent eyesight injury can result in a substantial amount of compensation being paid.
To establish the size of the compensation award you may be due, visit AAH’s website and use the 30-second, interactive, HOW MUCH calculator to get an estimate.
Accident Advice Helpline’s ‘no win, no fee’ service
AAH work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis; a system which is wholly recommended by the well known people’s consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen. To find out more, call our free helpline from any landline on 0800 689 0500, or if calling from a mobile, call 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 10th July 2014