Cradley Heath is a small town in the West Midlands, in the Black Country. In the 19th century Cradley Heath was one of the most important centres of chain making in the UK, with the anchor chain of the ill-fated Titanic being made there. The people who worked making the chains were described as being the “white slaves of England.” The (mainly) women who made these chains could work from home, but for very low wages. The book “The White Slaves of England” was written by Robert H. Sherard, published in 1898. The conditions the women lived and worked in were clearly appalling, with typhoid being a health problem. In 1910 these women workers went on strike for ten weeks because their employers refused to pay them the two and a half pence an hour stipulated as the minimum wage for chain makers and others in the Trade Boards Act of 1909.
Solicitors in Cradley Heath
Sadly in the 18th and 19th century, as well as in the early 20th century, the working class did not have access to solicitors in Cradley Heath or elsewhere, as none would have dreamed of working on a no-win, no fee basis. Neither were there personal injury compensation claims to file against an employer whose negligence could have been proven to have caused an illness. Today there are strict Health and Safety laws and regulations, and if an employer is in breach of these, you may be able to file a personal injury compensation claim if you are injured in an accident that you and your solicitors in Cradley Health, or elsewhere, can prove was not your fault. Solicitors in Cradley Heath, for example, can also help you file a personal injury compensation claim if you can prove you have (or had) an illness which was due to the negligence of another person.
Accidents at work
If you are the victim of an accident at work, you should inform the member of staff who has the responsibility of recording details of accident in the accident book, and then get immediate medical treatment, however minor your injury might seem to you at the time.
You may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim if you can prove that your employer caused the accident in some way, such as by not providing you with adequate training to do a job, or because you were not given the appropriate protective gear to do a job safely. It might also be that a thorough risk assessment was not carried out before the work began. If any of these things are true, you may be entitled to file a personal injury compensation claim against your employer.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you need information or advice about any potential injury claim, call us at Accident Advice Helpline at any time of day or night on one of these numbers: 0800 689 0500 for landline calls, or 0333 500 0993 for calls from mobiles. Why not call now for expert legal advice?