Accidents in the workplace and work injury solicitors
Most of us in the UK are lucky enough to work in an environment where there is no or very little risk to our health and safety. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that UK businesses are more likely to have a health and safety policy in place, which is followed up by formal risk assessments, then most other countries in the European Union.
As a result the UK has relatively low rates of fatalities, accidents and ill health, especially compared to other EU countries.
However if you are unfortunate enough to have an accident at work or are suffering from ill-health due to your job then work injury solicitors can help you claim compensation.
Every employer should provide a healthy and safe working environment.
There should be:
- Adequate ventilation
- Reasonable working temperature
- Sufficient lighting for work to be carried out
- Adequate space and suitable workstation and seating
- Clean working environment, providing waste containers
- Maintain premises and equipment to a good standard
- Floors and traffic routes should be free from obstructions
- Transparent doors or wall are made from safety materials
Your employer should also display the health and safety laws, or provide you with a copy.
Why accidents occur in the workplace
Though the number of accidents in the workplace has fallen over recent years, unfortunately they do still occur. Often they are due to the negligence or carelessness of a co-worker or employer and could have been avoid with some due care and diligence.
Sometimes people become complacent or lazy, it may be that they decide to cut a few corners to save time and effort. The consequences can be disastrous.
If you have had an accident at work injury solicitors can help you claim compensation if it was not your fault.
If you have had an accident at work injury solicitors will need to prove fault of a third party and that the injuries you have sustained were as a result of the accident. Your claim needs to be backed up by evidence if you are to successfully claim compensation.
To help your claim for your work injury solicitors will require the following:
- The accident should have been reported to the relevant authority at work, this may be your manager and/or health and safety officer.
- A written record of the accident should have been made in the Accident Book, at work, detailing the date, time and details.
- It would be preferable if your medical records have a note of your injuries and how you sustained them. You will have either visited your General Practitioner or local emergency department, as well as seeing the first aider at work.
- Keeps a diary of your symptoms following the accident. Include psychological injuries such as depression and anxiety as well as the physical symptoms.
To prove financial loses as a result of the accident you are required to provide receipts and invoices to. Keeps a record of all costs relating to the accident such as prescription charges, loss of earnings (wage slips) taxi costs.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 2nd December 2012
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident at work claim