Workplace accidents are sadly still common in the UK. Despite decades of health and safety reforms and regulation – many workplaces are still not safe places to be and accidents are almost inevitable. Some industries are more hazardous than others and any personal injury lawyer in Chivenor that deals with workplace accident claims will be handling cases from these industries on a more regular basis. Construction and manufacturing are the two industries that a personal injury lawyer in Chivenor is very familiar with.
Machinery makes a large contribution to this hazard and several of the cases that an injury lawyer in Chivenor would handle will involve the use of machinery – or the improper use of machinery!
What can a personal injury lawyer in Chivenor do about a workplace accident involving machinery?
You first have to select a personal injury lawyer in Chivenor who is experienced in this type of personal injury claim. Start this process off by calling Accident Advice Helpline on their 24/7 helpline and getting some good early advice. You will be allocated just the right lawyer to handle your particular claim. Your lawyer can show that your employer was at fault for the accident in which you were hurt – this can be done by showing that the recognised safety precautions and guidelines were not adhered to. This process can get quite technical. Here are a few examples:
- Circular bench saws: your lawyer may be showing that the top guard was not adjusted to cover the gullet of the blade tooth to prevent the ejection of splinters and that you were injured by a splinter. If you were not provided with personal protective equipment (eye protection) then this will serve as further evidence.
- Dimension saw: your lawyer may be showing that the guard was not adjusted to cover both blades when in use or that a positive hook blade was used for cross cutting and it pulled material in and “ran away” which caused your hand to come into contact with the blade causing a serious injury and even amputation.
- Surface planer: An illegal “boomerang” guard was used which failed to adequately cover cutters. As a result a serious hand injury was suffered.
- High speed router: an old style cutter was used which has open cutters that can pull an employee’s hand in. This should have been replaced with a new cutter which is built up and designed to force fingers away, rather than pull them in. Serious finger injuries can be the result.
Evidence can be presented as a combination of photographs, witness statements and records. The evidence of your injuries will be provided by your medical records, a medical assessment report and your statements. Once liability has been established your lawyer will negotiate a sum of compensation on your behalf.