Accidents At Work
Accident at Work Injury Claim Lawyers Manchester
Have you suffered an injury following an accident at work?
Employers are legally obligated to provide safe working environments for all staff. Unfortunately, not all live up to their responsibilities.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors may be able to help you if you’ve suffered an injury at work. We believe that everyone should be able to carry out their work without having to worry about their personal safety.
In order to make a claim, the incident must have been caused by your employer’s actions – or lack of. If you were at fault for the accident, you will not be entitled to make a claim.
Workplace accidents commonly occur when…
- An employer does not provide the relevant training for a piece of equipment and/or a procedure
- An employer does not provide workers with the relevant safety equipment (faulty safety equipment counts as no safety equipment
- An employer fails to put up warning signs around hazards (such as liquid spillages) or fails to section off slipping or tripping hazards
Your employer is legally obliged to insure you against accidents at work so that if an accident does happen for whatever reason, you are suitably compensated for your injuries. If it turns out that your employer has not insured you, it is highly unlikely that you will be compensated.
We can also help you make a claim if you’ve contracted an industrial disease (which includes repetitive strain injuries, upper limb disorders, and many more conditions caused by unsound working conditions). It’s important that you make your claim as quickly as possible. You have a three-year deadline from the date of the accident to begin your claim. If you have contracted an industrial disease which did not immediately become apparent, your deadline is three years from the date of diagnosis.
Employer legal obligations for keeping employees safe
The law provides a framework for employers to adhere to in order to safeguard the health and safety of its employees whilst at work. It’s a simple, fundamental requirement in the eyes of the law. As an employee you should, at the very least, expect to go to work and return home safe and well at the end of each day. In order to ensure this an employer is required to provide the following for every employee, all of the time:
- A safe place in which to work (including working from home, or an off-site location)
- Competent staff i.e. all staff who may be exposed to Health & Safety risks have been given adequate training
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and proper guidance on when and how it should be used
- Safe procedures and adequate supervision is in place to ensure employees operate in a way so as to eliminate the risk of injury
Despite these legal mandates, in reality, almost half of all serious accidents actually occur in the workplace. The reality is that many occupations, unfortunately, involve exposure to risk and as a result, the probability of an accident is higher than normal.
Unless the right procedures and safeguards are adhered to, 100% of the time, then as we all know too well, mistakes do happen and unfortunately, sometimes people get injured as a result. Some common examples of accidents that tend to occur in the workplace are:
- Accidents due to the carelessness of another employee
- Accidents due to the negligence of an employer (such as inadequate training)
- Construction site accidents (such as falling objects)
- Falls from height (such as scaffolding or high platforms)
- Slips, trips or falls (such as wet floors with no hazard signs or poorly lit areas)
- Accidents involving machinery
- Manual handling accidents or Repetitive Strain Injury
- Farm Injuries
- Electrical injuries
- Illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances such as chemicals or pesticides
Employers liability insurance
As already discussed, and Rightly so, employers are also required by law to have Employers Liability Insurance, which is designed to cover them in case an employee(s) does suffer an accident in the workplace. Despite this requirement for adequate insurance cover, many employees who do actually suffer an accident in the workplace are reluctant to pursue a claim for financial compensation, even when they have suffered injuries as a result of their employers’ negligence.
As an example, it could be that the injured person was operating machinery without having been given the proper training and was seriously injured. In this scenario the employer would be deemed negligent in the eyes of the law for failing to provide adequate training and the employee is fully entitled to pursue a claim for compensation.
It is understandable to some extent that some employees are reluctant to pursue a claim against an employer, as they may be fearful of the consequences, or fallout of such a decision. It may be that they are still working for the employer and so feel that their future prospects could be affected, or existing relationships could be damaged. If you have been injured and this is how you feel get in touch with one of our expert accident lawyers today.
They will put your mind at ease and guide you through explaining the legalities of the process. Put simply, if you have suffered an injury whilst at work due to someone else’s carelessness, you are entitled to financial compensation and your employer is more than likely covered by Employers Liability Insurance. It will more than likely not be your employer who our lawyers deal with to progress the case to a conclusion in any case. It will all be handled by the insurance company and it will eventually be the insurer who pays the claim. So, call us for some expert advice and reassurance and let Sheldon Davidson support you to obtain the compensation you deserve.
We are highly accomplished in the field of workplace accidents and our lawyers understand how complex and stressful bringing such a case can be for an employee. We will give you all the benefit of our knowledge and experience in such cases and can assure you that you will be in safe hands. Make that initial call today so you can make an informed decision as to how to move forward.
Why it is so important to record all workplace accidents and injuries
In case an accident does occur in the workplace then it should be recorded properly in the accident book. All accidents, no matter how minor in nature must be recorded. Every employer is required to have an accident book and to maintain a proper record of any accident that takes place. As an employee you, the injured party, will be required to sign and date the details recorded in the accident book and so you should ensure they accurately reflect what happened.
The details in this book will serve as proof and evidence in any claim for compensation, so it is vitally important that what is recorded reflects accurately how the injuries were sustained. It is important to note also that any claim for compensation must be made within three years of the accident. Another reason why accurate accident book records are essential.
Useful evidence when making a claim for compensation due to a workplace accident
- Any witnesses who can testify to what actually happened
- Medical records of hospital or GP treatment as a result of the accident
- Photos of the site of the accident and/or the injuries sustained
- Health and Safety report carried out after the accident took place
If you can provide any of the above evidence your case will be stronger as a result.
How much compensation is awarded for 'accident at work claims'?
It is impossible to put a definitive figure on this, as the circumstances of any accident and the injuries sustained by the victim are unique. As with any claim for financial compensation though there are two main factors to establish. The first is proof of negligence and the more evidence that can be provided, the stronger the case will be. The second is the impact on the victim’s life as a direct result of the accident. This impact will be used to value the claim and could include such things as:
- Loss of earnings during recovery and projected loss of earnings in the future
- Costs of care provision, or resulting loss of earnings for close friends, or family having to provide care in the home
- Financial expenses incurred as a result of the injury such as traveling to and from medical appointments, medical costs, and childcare
- Costs of treatment by specialists such as a Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, or an Osteopath
- Cancellation, or inability to enjoy a planned holiday
- Costs of aids to support independent living
Manchester's work accident claim specialists
Put simply, we are the go-to law firm in Greater Manchester for workplace injury claims. Our team has a wealth of experience and track record of success in supporting employees who have suffered as a result of employer negligence.
We fully understand that the prospect of bringing a legal case against an employer can be daunting, which is why our approach is firstly to seek to understand your specific circumstances and then to provide reassurance that you are doing the right thing and that fundamentally it’s the law and therefore the very least you deserve.
We will stand with you every step of the way and give you the benefit of our expert knowledge and experience. We will carry out all the legal proceedings behind the scenes and keep you updated as the case progresses. With this in mind, you need not have any direct dealings regarding the case with your employer. We will represent you and act as your voice and in many cases, we will deal directly with the insurance company.
Our track record speaks for itself. We are the best at what we do and so if, after an initial consultation, we believe there is a case to answer and you choose Sheldon Davidson to represent you, we will do so on a no win no fee basis. So confident are we, that if there is proof of negligence and you have sustained a workplace injury, we can secure you a financial compensation award.
If you need further proof, talk to one of our lawyers today and they will happily provide you with details of past cases and the financial sums secured by our team. Whilst this can offer no guarantee of success, or the sum you could eventually be awarded, it will provide some insight into the types of workplace accident cases we do pursue, and the kind of sums our lawyers have won for employees injured at work. We look forward to hearing from you and to supporting you on your journey to recovery and justice.
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