Accidents at Work
If you have had an accident at work, a workplace accident compensation claim might not be your first thought. Like other accident claims it can be a stressful time especially if you suffer serious injuries and require time off work which can incur a loss of earnings. Here at Edwards Hoyle we can provide you with immediate, comprehensive and free Legal advice and talk through with you whether or not you have a claim.
Many people worry that bringing a work accident compensation claim against their employer may affect their job, or worry that their employer may not be able to afford to pay out a claim, or even affect your relationship with other members of staff. However if your employer was negligent then you have every right to claim.
Companies are obliged to have employer's liability insurance, which means in the event of a workplace accident compensation claim the insurance will pay out which means there isn't much chance of your employer being bankrupted because of your claim. There are also laws in place to protect employees from being victimised and treated unfairly by their employer for making a claim.
Employers are bound by legal requirements to provide a workplace which is safe, secure and competently staffed. They also have to make sure they provide you with adequate equipment and materials as well as provide a safe system of work with appropriate supervision and training. On top of all that employers have to comply with health and safety legislation.
Your employer can be at fault if it didn't adhere to any of these legal requirements and you get injured at work as a result of an accident including accidents caused by other members of staff. When claims are brought it can force your employer to change its practices and take steps to make sure they follow the law, which means it could prevents accidents in the future.
Your employer must also report and keep records of certain 'dangerous occurrences', cases of diagnosed industrial disease, serious injuries and work-related deaths. Injuries to employees which have to be recorded include amputations, blinding, broken arms, legs or ribs and where a person became unconscious, needed resuscitation or was admitted to hospital for more than 24 hours.
No matter what sort of working environment you work in whether it's an office, a building site or your company vehicle, if you have an accident caused by negligence then you have a right to bring a workplace compensation claim against your employer.
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