Work accident compensation, how much can you claim
Making a work accident claim is not hard when you know how to do it. Work place injuries are very common however not all work place injuries are worthy of compensation. And the amount of compensation will depend on the level of impact on your life.
A regular paper cut that gets better without help is the sort of injury that is not going to be eligible for compensation. The sort of work injury that does mean compensation would be a back injury that is a direct consequence of disregard on behalf of the employer to supply a risk-free working environment and also satisfactory safety training.
Employers have a duty to each of their employees. That duty includes providing a work environment that is independent of hazards. Employers are also accountable for the provision of correct safety equipment so that employees can safely execute their job function.
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Work accident compensation, how much you can claim is down to each case
The reasons behind work accidents are of a wide variety, but some are specific to certain jobs while others can be classified by industry. The origin may be merely a person leaving a container open or failing to fix harm to a roof with the effect of water leaking onto a pitch-dark stairway.
Other injuries can develop over time, and are normally considered industrial-related illnesses, such as repetitive strain injury, or industrial deafness. The all-important aspects to recall about work accident causes is the relationship between a worker and an employer as the employer has a duty to defend their workers safety. This translates in judicial language as a ‘care of duty’. If the employer fails to meet their common-sense care or duty to defend their workers, and an injury happens then the employer has a legal duty for to take responsibility for this injury. This means that you can make a claim.
How do I make a claim?
Anyone can make a work accident compensation claim, how much you can claim will be down to the individual circumstances. If your claim is sound and recompense is received depends on many factors. The claim must be provable. Is there evidence that the employer was unsuccessful in their duty or care? Was the accident the consequence of a thing the employee did.
An illustration of employee responsibility would be an accident that was caused by ingestion of alcohol or drugs during work hours. If you’re a delivery driver and during your meal break you ingest alcohol at a pub and then have an accident because of driving while intoxicated, then you, the employee, are at fault for the accident and injury.
Not all accidents are clear-cut who is at fault. If you’ve suffered a work accident and have questions about making a compensation claim, then you should look up a legal firm that can help you understand your rights. Contact Accident Advice Helpline and find out how you can make a claim.
Date Published: 28th July 2013
Author: David Brown