Everything You Need to Know About Claims for Accidents at Work
Workplaces are almost always extremely safe environments for people to work. Despite this, accidents can still happen – whether in a building site, office, warehouse, or shop floor – and people can suffer injuries as a result.
There is a strict duty on employers to take reasonable care for their employees’ health and safety during their working hours. This duty even extends to areas beyond your employer’s premises. Employers are also held to be responsible for the actions or failures of their employees in the course of their normal employment, should this contribute to or result in an accident at work.
What is an Accident at Work?
An accident at work is when someone, through no fault of their own, is injured in their place of employment or becomes ill as a result of working at their place of employment. For example:
- Accidents occurring as a result of not being provided with adequate safety equipment.
- Slips, trips, and falls – due to faulty apparatus, wet floors, or loose cables.
- Long term illnesses – these could be physical illnesses, such as a repetitive strain injury, or psychological illnesses, such as work-related stress or depression.
- Manual handling injuries – such as from performing heavy lifting.
When Can I Claim?
Many employees have concerns about making a claim against their employer as they are worried about the negative consequences it could have for their employment. In reality, however, there is no need for concern as employee’s rights are guarded by strict laws which make it illegal for employers to dismiss someone who is making a claim against them or to treat them unfairly in any way. Employers have a legal obligation to have Employers Liability insurance cover in place to protect employees from workplace incidents, and so in almost all workplace accident cases the claim for compensation would be brought against the employer’s insurance company directly without involving the employer at all.
You have the right to claim compensation for a work-related injury whether you were working as a full or part-time employee, a self-employed contractor, a temporary worker, or if you were merely visiting a business at the time of the accident.
The employer must also be at fault for the accident if the claim is to be successful. It will usually be a simple matter to establish this. If you are unsure who caused the accident you were involved in, then speak to one of our expert Personal Injury Solicitors in Reading today.
Strict time limits apply when making a claim for an accident at work, and so it is of the utmost importance you speak to a solicitor as soon as possible to discuss your potential claim. This is vital as if you fail to meet these time limits then your case could be time-barred.
Make a Claim for an Accident at Work with our Personal Injury Lawyers Reading Now
Accident Claims Reading are experts in personal injury and have the experience to give expert advice on whether you have a valid claim for compensation. Our dedicated personal injury lawyers will happily answer any questions or queries you may have and can talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English. Contact our legal team through the contact form on the right-hand side of each page, or call us directly on 01189 115 811.