Because the average employee spends about a third of the working day at the workplace, it should come as no surprise that many accidents happen there. Most of them are minor and don’t involve serious injuries, but sometimes the personal injury is serious and can have lasting consequences. If you have ever been injured, it’s important to understand what your options are.
In the UK, all employers have a duty to ensure the health and safety of their employees, as well as any visitor, at the workplace – including providing insurance and establishing safety rules and guidelines. If your employer fails to do so and an accident happens, they may be legally at fault. Have you had a workplace accident? Here’s how you can make a claim.
There are many kinds of accidents that can cause personal injury, and certain kinds of accidents are more common than others depending on your job and the conditions in the workplace. Here are some frequent incidents often reported:
- Slips, trips, or falls
- Injuries due to defective or poorly maintained equipment
- Injuries due to wrong procedures for the job
- Injuries caused by falling objects
- Burns or inhalation of toxic and noxious liquids or fumes
What can I claim?
If the accident happened through no fault of your own or through the negligence of another party, you may be able to make a claim and seek compensation for injuries sustained (both physical and psychological). The amount you should be able to claim will depend on the severity of the injuries, as well as the circumstances of the incident, how much time you need to recover, how your family is affected, and so on.
The time limit
In the UK, there is a time limit – if you have not initiated procedures to make a claim within three years, your claim may be considered time-barred. Of course, it’s better not to wait, but start proceedings as soon as you are able to, and as soon as the necessary evidence is gathered.
Making a claim requires legal procedures, so it’s important to seek legal assistance from experienced and professional personal injury solicitors.
It’s not always easy to prove that an employer is legally at fault due to negligence, even in very simple and straightforward cases, which is why it’s important that you consult a solicitor who specialises in workplace personal injury claims so he or she can advise you on which evidence to gather and the other steps that should be taken. If you’re suffering from a personal injury from the workplace and your employer is legally at fault, then never hesitate; seek compensation right away.