Injury lawyers in Tooting
It is devastating for anyone to suffer the loss of a finger in an injury, which is quite often caused by an accident at work, usually because of the negligence of the employer. If this, or any other injury, happens to you in an accident that was not your fault, you should contact injury lawyers in Tooting at Accident Advice Helpline and make a claim.
The employer’s duties
Employers have a legal duty to protect their employees, to have a health and safety policy and to make sure the staff know the details and implement its procedures. This can be done by directly informing each staff member or through a member of staff who is the health and safety representative. Quite often, employers achieve this by giving each employee a written copy of the health and safety policy.
Reporting serious accidents to the HSE
The employer should report serious accidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The severity of a finger injury would decide if it is necessary to report it, but the accidents that should be reported are:
- Major injuries like broken arms, legs or loss of fingers or toes;
- Dangerous incidents like the collapse of scaffolding or a wall;
- People being overcome by fumes from gasses or chemicals;
- Industrial illnesses or diseases; and
- Any other injury that stops you doing your work for more than seven days.
Recording accidents in the workplace
Employers need to record every accident in an accident book, no matter how trivial it may seem at the time. This is mainly for the employees, in case they need a detailed record at a later date of their accidents at work, but it is also useful for the employers to see what accidents have taken place, as they may be able to take further steps to prevent the same thing from happening again.
Claiming for your finger injury
If your finger injury happened in an accident at work that was not your fault, you may be able to make a personal injury compensation — not just for the pain, suffering and trauma you will have endured, but also for:
- Loss of earnings;
- Medical expenses;
- Travel costs; and
- Any other extra expenses that have only been incurred because of the accident.
Accident Advice Helpline are experts in dealing with workplace-related personal injury claims. We have dealt with many thousands over the last 15 years and have built up a wealth of knowledge and experience in getting a fair deal for you quickly and efficiently.
If you have had an accident at work, contact us on our freephone number 0800 689 0500 and speak to one of our friendly advisors to discuss your case and put your claim into motion. Alternatively, you could try the 30-second test on our website, which will let you know if your claim is valid and give you an estimate of the amount you might receive.
Date Published: 17th November 2013
Author: Emma Matthews