Work is where we spend a lot of our time, and we expect it to be a safe place. However, accidents can happen, and when this is the fault of your employer, it is possible to claim compensation.
What the law says in the UK
The welfare and safety of employees in the UK is largely the responsibility of their employers. Employers must follow health and safety regulations and hold insurance in case of accidents. If you have had a Wealden office accident in the past three years, which was caused by your employer’s failure to follow the regulations, you can file a claim for compensation.
Causes of a Wealden office accident
Wealden may be in beautiful Sussex, but that doesn’t make its workplaces immune to sometimes devastating accidents. Some of the most common causes of workplace accidents are listed below:
- Falling, slipping or tripping
- Unsafe practices in the operation of dangerous machinery
- Unsafe practices in the handling of toxic substances or hazardous material
- Falling objects
- Lack of training in manual lifting
- Industrial injuries e.g. hand arm vibration syndrome
- Badly maintained or defective equipment
The effects of injury from a Wealden office accident
An injury in the workplace will impact people in different ways, depending on how severe it is. Accidents can lead to:
- Spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Burns and scalds
Compensation is available to people who experience pain, suffering or a loss of earnings as a result of an accident at work, where this was the fault of the employer. Similarly, you can also claim compensation for medical expenses, or for personal belongings which were damaged in the accident. A solicitor will be able to help you put together a claim, and gather the evidence to prove that your employer was at fault.
Information and help with making a claim
You may think it best to search for a Wealden office accident solicitor. But Accident Advice Helpline is a national service, specialising in personal injury claims. Our lawyers are experts in the field, and work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, ensuring that high quality legal representation remains affordable. You can find out if you are eligible to claim for compensation by calling our Freephone number. Lines are open 24 hours a day, call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Alternatively, try our 30-second test online.
Date Published: 30th November 2014
Author: Jan Newell