Injury at work claims in Scotland
Accidents at work can happen anywhere. The type of claim is often influenced by the type of work that people commonly do in that area. For example, an area like Edinburgh that attracts a lot of holiday visitors is likely to have many people employed in the tourist industry. Accident Advice Helpline is a leading law firm with vast experience of injury at work claims in Scotland.
Injury at work claims in Scotland – 3 common personal injury cases
- One of the most common types of injury at work claims in Scotland are manual handling claims. This is when an employee worker has hurt himself when lifting or moving something around. That something could be a piece of machinery or equipment, supplies, boxes, files or a even human being. Manual handling injuries are common in care homes and hospitals – for example, where staff have to manoeuvre people who are not able to move around for themselves. Manual handling incidents often result in back injuries but other parts of the body can be affected as well. A claim can be made if the employer did not risk assess the lifting job properly or did not provide the correct equipment or training.
- Injury at work claims in Scotland frequently involve workers injured in a slip, trip or fall. You can claim if you can show that you fell because of something that your employer did or did not do. It is sometimes tricky to work out if you are able to claim or not and it is wise to get some specialist legal advice on this. Accident Advice Helpline has a team of highly-trained professional advisers who can help you.
- As with other parts of the UK, injury at work claims in Scotland often involve a fall from height. These can happen in all industries but are often recorded in the construction industry. Unfortunately, the consequences of a fall from a great height can be very severe. Serious head, neck and chest injuries are common, as are broken limbs. These injuries can be life changing and lead to permanent disabilities. Some injuries can even be fatal. Falls from a height can occur if ladders are defective or used incorrectly. The same applies to mobile lifting platforms and scaffolding. Careful risk assessments of all work at height tasks should be carried out in order to select the safest working methods and equipment. Equipment has to be appropriate and regularly checked. Personnel must be trained to use the equipment properly.
If your employer has failed in their duty of care to you and you have been injured as a result, give our team a call in confidence on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 and with no obligation to proceed and find out whether you could be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: 30th May 2013
Author: David Brown