How do I claim compensation for an accident at work?
Lots of people are frightened of making a compensation claim for an accident at work, in case they get fired. But the law says you can't be fired, or even treated differently for claiming compensation against your employer. So if your employer failed in their Duty of Care to keep you safe in the workplace, you have every right to start a claim. Find out more below, or talk to one of our friendly advisors on 0800 175 7900.
Can I claim compensation for an accident at work?
The law says that you have a right to be kept safe at work, even if you work in a dangerous industry. So every employer has a Duty of Care to keep you safe, by making sure that all Health and Safety rules are followed. Even so, thousands of people every year suffer accidents at work that range from minor slip, strips and falls, all the way up to accidents that lead to amputations and even death.
In many cases, these accidents happened because an employer didn't carry out proper risk assessments, or failed to make sure that machinery or other equipment was safe for use. If this happened to you, you may well have a right to claim compensation for your accident at work.
What can I make an accident at work claim for?
You have the right to go home at night in the same health as you arrived in the morning. So if you have suffered any injury - or illness - as a direct result of your work, you may be able to claim compensation.
Some of the things you may be able to claim for include:
- Broken bones or soft tissue injuries: caused by slips, trips and falls
- Cuts or other wounds: caused by dangerous or defective equipment
- Chemical injuries: caused by hazardous substances
- Back injuries: caused by heavy lifting or a lack of training in lifting
- Vibration injuries: including White Finger and Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
- General injuries: caused by assault or the carelessness of another employee
- Injuries from falling objects
Importantly, in all of these cases, someone may have been at fault for your injury due to negligence. So if you have been hurt or made ill in the workplace, you may have a right to claim compensation.
Who pays for my compensation?
One of the things that worries people about making workplace accident claims is that their employer may have to pay them out of their own money, damaging the business.
You really don't have to worry about that though. Every employer is required by law to have something called Employers' Liability Insurance. These policies usually have limits of £5million or even £10 million, ensuring that however serious the injury to an employee might be, every company can afford to pay compensation when it is right that they do so.
And as we said before, the law ensures that you can't be fired for making an accident at work compensation claim, or even treated any differently because of it. So if you have been hurt or made ill by your work, you owe it to yourself to make a No Win No Fee claim for the injury compensation you deserve.
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