Radcliffe is a town in Greater Manchester, once a hub of industry with mills and coal mines to fuel them. One of the textile mills was built by Robert Peel in 1780 and this used child labour. Children were taken from the poor houses of Birmingham and London and lodged on one of the upper floors of the mill. They were locked up at night and only released from what could arguably be called servitude (they received no wages) when they turned 21. Children worked in shifts, and when one shift returned to their dormitory they slept in beds just vacated by children who were just going to begin work.
Conditions improved over the years, but in those days there was no chance of claiming compensation from one’s employer for injury or illness caused by their negligence. Of course, there were no injury solicitors in Radcliffe in those days, and in fact no personal injury compensation claims which could be filed at all.
Working conditions today
Today, things have changed, and employers have a legal duty to safeguard the health and safety of their workforce. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) oversee the health and safety regulations, and all accidents that happen in the workplace should be reported to them so that they can investigate.
If you have an accident at work which you can prove was not your fault, then you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim with the help of a firm of injury solicitors in Radcliffe.
Your employer should also protect your health and provide you with a safe working environment. If you develop a work-related illness or occupational disease, you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim against your employer if you can prove that their negligence caused the illness. You will have three years in which to file such a claim from the date of first being diagnosed with the illness.
Injury solicitors in Radcliffe can also help you to file a claim for injuries sustained in an accident that you can prove was not your fault. You will have to ascertain just how long you actually have to file a claim, as different accidents and injuries should be claimed for within certain time periods.
Injury solicitors in Radcliffe can also help you to file a personal injury compensation claim for an illness (such as a work-related one) which you can prove was contracted because of another person’s negligence.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have any potential personal injury compensation claim to file, but you need assistance and expert legal advice to do so, call us here at Accident Advice Helpline at any time on one of our freephone numbers. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Why not call us now to find out how we may be able to help you with your potential personal injury compensation claim?
Date Published: 27th February 2014