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What sort of accidents at work can I claim for?

There are various situations, that can cause a work accident. Our solicitors are experts in helping individuals claim compensation for their injuries. Call us now on freephone 0800 083 5045.

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Common causes of work accidents

No matter which industry you work in, accidents can always happen. If you have been injured in a work accident that was due to someone else’s negligence, you can claim for compensation. We often help clients with one of the following injury compensation claims:

Inadequate training

Inadequate training can lead to all sorts of accidents. Your employer has a duty of care and has to follow a set of regulations called the “Six Pack” to comply with the health and safety regulations and to prevent accidents from happening.

If you have been injured at work and think it’s due to insufficient training, contact us for free legal advice 0800 083 5045. For more information about your employer's requirements, read this article.

Inadequate or faulty equipment or machinery

Inadequate or faulty equipment or machinery can lead to severe accidents. Your employer has a duty of care and has to follow a set of regulations called the “Six Pack” to comply with the health and safety regulations and to prevent accidents from happening. Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations are both part of the “Six Pack”.

If you have been injured at work and think it is because you were provided with faulty or inadequate equipment or PPE, contact us for free legal advice 0800 083 5045 or read this article: “Faulty or dangerous machinery”.

For more information about your employer's requirements, click here.

Manual handling

Unsafe manual handling of goods or equipment can cause back pain and other severe accidents. Manual Handling Operations Regulations are also part of the “Six Pack”, a set of regulations your employer has to comply with.

If you had a work accident because of manual handling of goods, which could have been prevented, contact us for free legal advice 0800 083 5045. For more information about your employer's requirements, read Workplace Requirements

Colleague’s negligence

If your accident was caused due to your colleague’s negligence, you might be able to claim compensation from either your employer’s liability insurance or from your colleague’s personal insurance. Contact us to establish your full legal position and to find out if you can claim compensation 0800 083 5045.

Amputation

Among the most common causes for a work accident that leads to the amputation of a body part we count the following:

For more information on amputation and limb damage claims, see Amputation and Limb Damage Claims Solicitors

Disability

If you or a loved one suffer from a severe neck or spine injury after a work accident which was due to someone else’s negligence, you can claim for compensation. The most common causes for a neck or spine injury which leaves you disabled or paralysed are:

  • Hurting yourself while lifting heavy objects
  • Slips, trips and falls which have caused injury to your neck or spine

For more information on serious injuries, click here.

Slips, trips or falls

Slips, trips and falls can have various causes, e.g. slippery surfaces, unexpected objects in the walkway, potholes or unsafe ladders. They lead to all kinds of injuries, from minor injuries like bruises, cuts or broken bones to major injuries leading to limb amputation, paralysis or death.

For more information on slips, trips and falls at work, click here.

Burns, scars and open wounds

For adults, the most common place to get a burn injury is the workplace. It is important that you have your injury assessed by a medical professional. The degree and extent of a burn or open wound injury and the scars they leave behind will greatly affect the prognosis for recovery, which will also have an impact on the amount of rehabilitation you may need and the compensation you might receive.

For more information about burns, scars and open wounds, see more here.

Electric shock

If you have suffered an electric shock due to faulty or untested equipment, you might be able to claim compensation from your employer’s liability insurance. Depending on the appliance, the electric current, the voltage and the circumstances of the accident, an electric shock can lead to serious injury or death. For more information on electric shock injury, read more here.

Hazardous substances (gases, fumes, dusts)

If you are working with chemicals and other dangerous substances, you are exposed to hazards that can lead to various injuries and illnesses such as:

  • Cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Dermatitis
  • Breathing problems
  • Chemical burns

If you have been involved in an accident with toxic substances and your employer failed to take necessary precautions to prevent this accident from happening, you can claim compensation. For more information on hazardous substances see this webpage.

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