Home to a thriving, varied economy and known for making everything from gloves to sauce, Worcester enjoys high levels of employment. Unfortunately, things can go wrong, just as they can anywhere else, and workplace accidents and injuries are not unheard of. If this happens to you, you could be entitled to compensation. But it’s understandable that the process may seem bewildering. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have.
Who can make a claim after a workplace accident?
You may be entitled to personal injury compensation if you can prove one of the following:
- A failure to provide a safe workplace
- A failure to give proper instruction and training
- Inadequate protective equipment and clothing
- Insufficient assessment of the risks involved in manual handling
- Poorly maintained machinery or other equipment
Does it matter if you don’t work full-time?
Not at all. Part-time staff can also make personal injury compensation claims, as can temporary or casual members of staff. Whether or not you have a written contract of employment is irrelevant, and if you are self-employed and someone’s negligence led to you being hurt, you may also be able to claim.
Will you lose my job?
Understandably, many people are reluctant to bring a claim against their employer for fear of losing their job, or finding life at work difficult afterwards. But it is illegal for any employer to sack someone because they have made a work accident claim.
Who pays the compensation awarded?
All employers are covered by Employers’ Liability Insurance. This pays any compensation which may be due after an accident at work claim. So your employer won’t pay directly.
What if you didn’t take time off or lose any earnings?
You could claim compensation just for the fact that you have been hurt, and the other costs that you probably incurred, so you may well still be entitled to claim. Remember, all accidents and injuries should be reported, and don’t put off seeking the medical treatment you need if you’ve been hurt.
Looking for solicitors in Worcester?
Appoint Accident Advice Helpline to act as your solicitors in Worcester and benefit from the support of a national, established personal injury law firm with features locally-based solicitors in Worcester may not be able to offer.
We only work on a no-win, no-fee basis so start the process free of charge today. Learn more by phoning one of our trained advisors, or take the 30-second test online to see if you could qualify for compensation.
For more information call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 27th June 2014
Author: Jan Newell