A personal injury may be eligible for a claim if your accident was someone else’s fault. In some cases, this will be defined as negligence compensation as a person or organisation fails to protect you from known risks, or puts you in harm’s way.
Negligence compensation usually occurs if you are placing your trust in another individual or company to protect you. This may be in the case of your employer, whom you trust to provide a safe working environment, or a medical professional who you expect to protect you from unnecessary risks. If the actions of another can be proved as negligent, and you were injured as a result of this, then this may result in a claim for compensation.
In order to be eligible, your accident will also need to have occurred within the past three years and have resulted in the need for medical attention.
Negligence compensation against an employer
Personal injuries in the workplace are often caused by the negligence of an employer. This may include:
- No provision of training in order to carry out your job safely. For example, if you work in manual labour and are required to lift heavy objects, you should have received training to ensure you do this in a way that will not damage your back.
- Lack of machinery or equipment maintenance. If you work in a factory, the equipment will likely need to be serviced routinely, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This will ensure that machine failure does not cause accidents.
- Disregard for health and safety measures. In an office environment, this may mean a lack of attention to electrical safety, or obstacles that may result in trips or falls.
If you have been involved in an accident at work, you may be entitled to make a claim. If you are concerned about upsetting your employer, you should remember that they will be covered by their indemnity insurance. At Accident Advice Helpline, we routinely deal with work negligence claims and find that most are able to return to work without bad feeling.
How to make a claim
If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, you should get in touch with a specialist solicitor in order to discuss the possibility of making a claim. At Accident Advice Helpline, we have a team of highly trained, professional advisers who are sensitive to the fact that a personal injury can be a stressful experience. We aim to ensure that the process of making a claim for negligence compensation requires minimum fuss, whilst ensuring your case receives the expert attention in deserves.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have a team of expert solicitors and we will ensure that you have only the very best legal representation. Most claims can be made entirely via the telephone, and all are progressed on a no-win, no- fee basis.
To discuss your claim with a member of our team, dial 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.
Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: Sharon Parry
Category: Personal injury claims