Many people are involved in accidents at work each year. Your injuries or those to a friend or member of your family may be minor but equally they may cause permanent disability or prove fatal. The accident need not have happened at your usual place of work. The key issue is whether you were working at the time the accident occurred.
If the accident at work was not your fault then you will be entitled to accident at work compensation both in respect of your injuries and any other financial losses. Work accident compensation can go a long way to ease the burden that an injury at work can cause.
You will need specialist legal help to claim for your accident at work. Our Work Accident solicitors at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd will ensure you get immediate and professional legal advice for any work-related accidents. With the more serious accidents at work, the road to recovery may be long. We can, in most cases, arrange medical rehabilitation, care and assistance and aids/equipment to help your recovery.
If your employers have not paid you since the work related accident or you are on sick pay then your financial position may be critical. We will seek an advance payment of work accident compensation where possible. Whether you are employed or self employed we will make a personal injury claim for your full loss of earnings and any other financial losses.
If you have been injured at work contact us now to speak to our expert Work Accident Solicitors on 0800 124 4444 or start your claim now.
See below for the more common causes of injury in the workplace:
Construction Site Accident Claims
Every year many workers in the construction or building industry are killed or injured as a result of their work. Many dangers or hazards are found on a construction or building site from falling material, working at height, electrocution, faulty or dangerous equipment, the movement of internal construction site traffic, lifting and carrying loads, lack of personal protective equipment and slipping or tripping on something.
If you have been injured on a construction or building site which was not your fault, there is a good chance that your employer and/or the main contractor and/or another contractor on site was to blame. There are detailed regulations covering construction or building sites that impose health & safety standards on all those on the site but in particular the main contractor. A breach of these regulations will often provide the basis for a claim for compensation.
At Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd we understand that workers in the construction or building industry are often reluctant to pursue a compensation claim out of a fear of losing their job but the reality is that if you are self-employed and you cannot work your job is likely to be at risk anyway and if you are employed you could have a further claim for unfair dismissal if you are sacked because you make a claim.
Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has years of experience of pursuing construction or building site accident claims and has an established reputation for its work in this field.
Dangerous Machinery or Equipment at Work
Most work equipment and machinery has the potential to be dangerous if it is not used properly and it is not maintained adequately so employers have a fourfold responsibility. They must install the equipment or machinery properly. They must make sure it is serviced and repaired to protect those who use it or may be affected by it. They must make sure those who use it are trained and safe. They must provide the appropriate safety wear like gloves and/or goggles.
Unfortunately, it is our experience at Hilary Meredith Solicitors that many employers neglect their responsibilities and as a result their employees are injured. The injuries that can be suffered range from serious lacerations to partial amputations and in a number of cases we have dealt with the injuries suffered were more serious and have been life altering like the loss of a limb or where the employee has been killed by the dangerous machinery.
If you have been injured at work by dangerous machinery and it was not your fault, there is a good chance that your employer was to blame. Therefore, it is crucial that you choose a solicitor who understands how the law relating to dangerous or defective equipment or machinery has developed and who understands what evidence is needed to prove that the employer has been negligent so increasing the chances of the claim succeeding.
Falls from Height Claims
One of the most common causes of injury in the workplace is a fall from height. The types of activity being carried out when a person falls from height vary but the most common causes are:
– Falls from ladders or platforms which are either defective or unsuitable for the job being undertaken
– Falls from vehicles frequently from the back of a lorry or a fork lift truck but also from cab steps.
– Falls from machinery often when the machinery is being cleaned, serviced or repaired
– Falls from roofs usually associated with maintenance or repair work like replacing tiles or felting or unblocking gutters.
– Falls from scaffolding which has not been erected properly or lacks safety barriers.
In most cases where an employee has been injured after falling from height, it is because the employer has failed to conduct an adequate assessment of the risks associated with the working at height activity and has permitted their employees to carry out jobs without the proper equipment and/or training.
Some of the worst injures that can be suffered at work are caused by falls from height including fatal injuries, serious fractures, head injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has years of experience of acting for employees who have suffered injury as a result of a fall from height and has an established reputation for its work in this field.
Accidents Relating to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
An employer has a legal duty under the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 to ensure that where the risk cannot be controlled by other means, suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided to his employees.
The type of equipment that should be provided will depend on the work being undertaken but can include high visibility jackets to protect against collision, safety boots to protect against falling objects, breathing apparatus to protect against inhaling harmful substances, hard hats to protect against falls, gloves to protect against sharp items and safety glasses to protect the eyes against injury.
You can suffer injury at work because no Personal Protective Equipment is provided or the PPE provided is not suitable because it doesn’t fit properly or doesn’t adequately protect you, for example the hard hat is too big so comes off in a fall or the safety gloves are too thin and are penetrated by a sharp item.
The injuries that can be suffered range from serious lacerations to fractures and in a number of cases we have dealt with the injuries suffered were more serious and have been life altering.
Therefore, it is crucial that you choose a solicitor who understands how the law relating to Personal Protective Equipment has developed and who understands what evidence is needed to prove that the employer has been negligent so increasing the chances of the claim succeeding.
Manual Handling Claims
If you have to handle loads in the course of your work, your employer has a legal obligation under the Manual Handling Regulations 1992 to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk to you from manual handling. You may be surprised to learn that these regulations do not just apply to lifting a load but also apply to lowering and/or pushing and/or pulling and/or carrying loads.
It is commonly believed that there is a maximum safe weight which your employer can ask you to lift. The Regulations don’t identify a maximum weight and weight is only one factor your employer should take into account when considering the level of risk of injury created by the manual handling task. Other factors include the size and shape of the load, the distance it has to be moved and the layout of the area where the task is being undertaken.
Moreover, if you are asked to undertake a manual handling task, your employer should consider your particular ability to do any manual handling and look at factors like whether you have any existing or past injuries that could be made worse.
Even if you have received training in manual handling you may still be able to pursue a claim if you are injured as it is not enough for an employer just to provide training, they must also make sure the training is relevant to the manual handling task you have to carry out and covers how to carry out safe manual handling including good handling technique.
The injuries that can be suffered often involve the back, shoulders and arms as these parts of the body usually take most of the strain when you undertake a manual handling task and these injuries can result in a significant disability.
Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has years of experience of pursuing claims which arise from manual handling at work and has an established reputation for its work in this field.