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Your guide to workplace injury claims

If you have suffered an injury at work in the last three years, that wasn’t your fault, here’s a brief guide to claiming compensation.

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What are my rights after an accident at work?

Workplace accidents happen every day, and in every industry. It isn't just forestry workers and construction workers who are being injured either; everyone from hairdressers to office workers can be hurt at work. When that happens, it pays to know your rights: because if you have been hurt and it was someone else's fault, you will almost certainly need to claim compensation for loss of earnings, not to mention pain and distress.

What are my rights if I'm not fully employed at work?

It's a common mistake to think that part-time workers, contract workers, freelancers and agency workers are on their own in the event of an accident in the workplace. The fact is that if you are working somewhere, the law says you are an employee, and have the same rights as everyone else when it comes to workplace injuries. Your employer has a Duty of Care to keep absolutely everyone in your workplace as safe as possible, so when you are injured at work and it wasn't your fault, you have the right to start a No Win No Fee claim.

What are my rights if another employee was at fault?

It's fairly common that one employee will do something careless that leads to someone else getting hurt in the workplace. Maybe they dropped something from height that hit you? Or maybe they left something in your way that caused you to slip, trip or fall? However it happened, your employer still has a Duty of Care towards you, under a law called 'vicarious liability.' So even when a colleague has caused your injury, if it happened in the workplace, you may still be able to claim compensation from your employer's Liability insurance.

My employers say they don't want me to claim. What are my rights?

The law is very clear about this: if you have been injured at work and it wasn't your fault, you have the right to claim compensation. Your employer can't stop you from doing so, and they can't fire you for making a claim either. In fact, your employer isn't even allowed to treat you any differently because of your claim. Having said that, there's no real reason for your employer to be upset about you making a claim in the first place, as it will almost certainly be paid by their Employers' Liability Insurance policy, rather than the company's bank account.

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