Accidents happen on a daily basis in many workplaces in West Yorkshire. If you find yourself the victim of such an accident and it was not your fault then you may be able to claim West Yorkshire accident at work compensation.
Injuries you can claim West Yorkshire accident at work compensation for
West Yorkshire encompasses the areas of Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield which are home to many financial institutions such as banks, building societies and insurance companies. In addition there are a number of call centres located in the area too. Given the office-based environments of such service areas it naturally means that many of the workplaces injuries that are reported in this area include:
- Repetitive strain injuries from the overuse of computers and bad posture whilst sitting at a desk;
- Trips and falls over electrical cabling;
- Eyesight problems due to dim or overly bright lightening;
- Back injuries from bad posture; and
- Electrical shocks and burns from faulty equipment
These injuries can be mild or severe but are all likely to cause pain and may restrict your ability to perform certain daily work duties or cause you to take time off work altogether. If you’ve been inconvenienced by an accident that wasn’t your fault, it isn’t fair that you should be made to suffer. To redress the injustice of this situation you can make a claim for West Yorkshire accident at work compensation.
Establishing responsibility for a workplace accident
You may be thinking that you cannot claim for your injuries because they were the result of your own free actions. The circumstances surrounding any accident are usually, however, much more complicated. Although no one may have forced you to use a particular electrical item, maybe a printer or a fax machine, which blew up and caused you a burn injury, such equipment should be subject to periodic checks to ensure it is fit for use. It is the employer’s responsibility to carry out these checks and if they fail to fulfil their responsibility they could be the liable to pay compensation.
Likewise, you may think how you sit at your desk is your choice and so if your slumped posture leads to a repetitive strain injury then you may think that you only have yourself to blame. But did you know that under health and safety law your employer should be carrying out occupational health checks to ensure you are made aware of the correct sitting posture? They are also supposed to make sure computers, desks and chairs are at the correct height for their users so they don’t cause strain injuries. If your employer did not carry out these checks then again their negligence could have caused your injury and thus they may have to pay you compensation in recognition of their failure.
Needless to say, establishing responsibility for a workplace accident is a complicated task and so you are best checking with a legal professional to see if you are eligible to make a claim for West Yorkshire accident at work compensation.
You can contact us at Accident Advice Helpline for help with this or any other issue related to personal injuries. Call us on our freephone number 0800 689 0500 from a landline or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile (charges may apply).
Date Published: 21st September 2014
Author: David Brown