Many of our clients have had personal injuries at work
When many people think of using a personal injury lawyer to make a claim for compensation they tend to think of accidents that have happened either on the road (in the form of road traffic collisions) or perhaps the stereotypical and often clichéd slip, trip or fall in the lobby of a hotel, or down the frozen veg aisle at the local supermarket.
While of course our injury lawyers do work on such cases, many of our clients actually contact us after they have had personal injuries at work. We actually receive so many calls about injuries at work that we have our own dedicated team that deal with these sorts of cases specifically.
Accidents at Work
Injuries at work can occur in a wide number of different ways, which is why it is not surprising that so many of us can be affected by them. It is not just traditionally dangerous areas of employment that can see people injured, any environment can lead the way to potential personal injuries at work compensation claims.
For example, the vast majority of injuries at work occur as a result of improper training. An example of such an instance could be if you are required to use a particular type of machinery or equipment to do a particular job and you have not received the necessary training to use that machinery correctly. Failing to do something correctly could result in serious injuries at work. In the past we have helped people who have suffered from manual handling injuries at work because they have not received any training on the correct lifting techniques.
In such instances the injury could easily have been avoided if someone had taken the time to ensure proper training had been provided, or that a training policy was even put in place to help all affected members of staff.
Injuries at work can also occur as a result of poorly maintained buildings. For example, staff members may be injured after a fall down a flight of stairs if there has been insufficient lighting or handrails have not been secured in place. It is possible that they will be exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning if gas appliances are not tested and inspected on a regular basis. It is even possible that they could be victims of food poisoning if the staff canteen has not been cleaned thoroughly or proper hygiene and food handling policies are not adhered to.
Of course injuries at work are not limited to just physical injuries, they can also include industrial diseases. These can range from anything such as dermatitis and asthma, to more serious conditions such as mesothelioma and other asbestos related conditions. Regardless of the situation one of our lawyers will be able to help you, so please do not hesitate to contact us today and we can discuss your case in more detail with you.
Date Published: 24th February 2014
Author: Louise Thacker