During the course of your working day, your employer has a legal and moral obligation to provide you with a duty of care. This means that he or she must take steps to protect you from any hazards that have the potential to cause you to suffer injuries and illnesses.
Your employer’s duties include the following:
- Maintaining a safe working environment;
- Implementing safe systems of work;
- Providing you with safe and suitable equipment;
- Informing you about any potential hazards relating to the work that you do;
- Providing you with information, instructions, training, and supervision;
- Preventing or controlling your exposure to substances that may harm your health;
- Taking precautions against the risks posed by flammable or explosive hazards;
- Avoiding potentially dangerous work involving excessive manual handling; and
- Providing personal protection equipment.
If your employer fails to provide you with a duty of care, and you sustain an illness or injury in an accident in your workplace as a result of his or her carelessness, you may be entitled to claim compensation through our solicitors in Woburn.
What are the time limits in respect of filing a claim?
As with all other personal injury claims, there are strict time limits in place for bringing an accident at work claim against your employer. You will usually have three years, starting from the date of your accident, in which to call Accident Advice Helpline and instruct our solicitors to file your claim for compensation on your behalf.
If you do not make your claim within the three-year window of opportunity, you will lose your right to receive compensation. The court can exercise its discretion and allow you to override the three-year period, but it will only do so in exceptional circumstances.
Alternatively, if you were under the age of 18 at the time of your accident, the three-year limitation period will not start to run until you turn 18 years of age. Therefore, you will need to make your claim before your 21st birthday.
Looking for solicitors in Woburn?
Although we do not have injury Solicitors in Woburn we can still represent you and your claim. This is because we are a national firm that works across the whole of the UK. So if you need injury solicitors in Woburn look no further than our expert service.
To get in touch with our solicitors, please call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone, or provide us with your details via our 30-second test.
Date Published: 27th June 2014
Author: Jan Newell