Whether we like it or not, the majority of us have to work to live. Every morning we set off to our place of work, safe in the knowledge that we will be able to do our job in safety and in a healthy environment. Well some of us at least. Some of us aren’t so lucky, and because of someone else’s carelessness, poor management, negligence or forgetfulness we suffer a serious incident and injury at work that is not our fault and have to suffer the consequences.
These consequences can be dire; from not being able to do the job we are trained to do any more, to no longer being able to enjoy our lifestyle in the way we used to. When this happens and someone else is to blame, it is only right that we seek compensation for our injury at work, to help redress the balance and help us get the money we need to recover from our injury.
Why claim for a serious incident and injury at work?
When you go to work each day, you have a right to expect the managers and owners of the business and the building to have taken appropriate health and safety measure to ensure you have a healthy and safe environment in which to work. If they have failed to do this job properly, then it is not only your right but your duty to make a claim.
Claims that involve an injury at work are often reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), meaning that an investigation will be launched and your company investigated for other health and safety breaches. You should positively encourage this, as it doesn’t mean the company will be closed and your friends all lose their jobs. What it means is that your bosses will get the support and guidance they need to make improvements to the working conditions for the good of everyone.
As well as this, by making a claim you will receive the money you need to help get your life back on track. Whether this is by replacing lost earnings, giving you the space to have the recuperation time at home you need, or getting in extra help to look after the kids, clean the house or do your shopping, every little bit can be put to good use to help you get better quicker.
Who can claim for an injury at work?
There are many reasons people can be involved in an accident that causes a serious incident and injury at work. Some of the more common reasons people call the Accident Advice Helpline for support include:
- Objects or equipment falling on them
- Machine malfunction causing injury
- Electrical malfunction causing a shock
- Inadequate training causing an accident
- Lifting injuries
- Injuries caused by poor posture at computers
- Accident in company vehicles
- Exposure to harmful chemicals or toxins
- Sharp object injuries
- Falls from height
- Slips on wet floors
- Trips due to poorly stored equipment
- Assaults by other members of staff or customers
There are many, many other reasons people can become injured at work. If you are unsure whether you can claim, contact us today or take our unique 30 second test to see how likely you are to be successful.
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 1st August 2012
Author: Louise Thacker