Industrial Injury & Industrial Accident Compensation Claims
An Industrial Accident Claim is the legal process for securing compensation for those who have suffered an injury while carrying out their duties at work. The term 'Industrial Accident' covers all workplace injuries in any setting and any profession.
The experienced Industrial Accident Claims Solicitors at Sheldon Davidson Solicitors have dealt with many cases of this nature, and have built an excellent track record of success.
Whatever the circumstances are, our team of Industrial Accident Solicitors will determine liability, help you build a robust claim, and seek an appropriate settlement.
Who is responsible for Industrial Injuries?
Employers have a duty of care which is set out in law to protect the health, safety and welfare of their workforce and anyone else who may be affected by their business. It is their responsibility to make sure all employees who may be at risk of accidents and injuries are properly trained and have access to all necessary protective equipment.
Employers are required to take all reasonable steps to prevent harm by reducing risks however is reasonably practicable to do so. If a failure to do this results in a workplace accident, the injured party is entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Making a claim following an Industrial Accident Injury is vital, not only to get compensation for your treatment and possible time you may need off work, but also to get your employer to review their health and safety regulations after an accident has taken place.
Regulations such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 outline your employer’s responsibilities towards their employees regarding the safety standards of the work environment they’re in charge of.
Your employer should also make sure all workers are insured in the event of an industrial accident. If this is not the case and you feel it has resulted in you being undercompensated, we can help to put this right.
Your employer will be legally obligated to avoid any repercussions following an Industrial Accident Compensation Claim. We will communicate with them, and make sure your claim can proceed smoothly alongside your employment.
What are Industrial Accidents?
Industrial accidents cover a range of circumstances in which an employee may have been injured in the workplace, and can take place for many reasons.
It may be that your employer failed to provide you with safe working conditions, personal protective equipment or did not give you the correct training to use the machinery that consequently played a part in your accident. Machinery could have become defective, either because a fault developed and went undetected or because the required safety testing was not carried out.
Some common Industrial Accidents are:
- Work Vehicle Accidents, such as Forklift Trucks or Cherry Picker
- Falls from Height
- Scaffolding or Ladder Accidents
- Falling Objects
This limited list of accidents can give you an idea of how varied Industrial Accident Injury Claims can be. Contact the expert solicitors at SDS today to discuss your claim confidentially.
What are some common Industrial Injuries?
Industrial Accident Injuries can manifest in countless ways, from minor injuries to long-term debilitating conditions, to fatal injuries. Some examples include:
- Fractures & Broken Bones
- Eye & Sight Injuries
- Back & Spinal Injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Electrical Injuries
- Fatal Accidents
Industrial Accident Claims are by no means limited to visible injuries. If you have developed an industrial disease such as deafness, asthma or a skin condition as a result of your working environment, Sheldon Davidson Solicitors can help you make an industrial injury at work compensation claim, and get you the compensation you deserve.
Should I report my Industrial Accident with RIDDOR?
When an industrial accident takes place and results in those being involved to suffer injuries, the event should be recorded with RIDDOR.
RIDDOR, the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, was introduced to regulate the obligations of employers to report dangerous occurrences, injuries, and death related to the workplace they oversee.
You will not be able to make a RIDDOR report as an employee or worker. However, you should ensure that a report is made and timely submitted outlining the accident, injuries, and risks involved in the dangerous occurrence.
RIDDOR requires employers and people in charge to submit a report when:
- Someone, not necessarily a worker, dies as a result of a workplace accident
- Someone, not necessarily a worker, suffers a major injury
- A worker is incapacitated by a work accident for seven consecutive days
- There is a dangerous occurrence, such as an equipment failure
If you are not an employer or person in charge and would like to report your concerns regarding an incident or dangerous occurrence, you may be able to do so through the HSE.
It’s vital that your accident and resulting injuries are correctly reported to RIDDOR. Failure to do so can have consequences for your employer, and hurt your future prospects.
Can I be fired for making an Industrial Injury Claim?
You may be concerned about possible repercussions following a compensation claim made against your employer, but rest assured. Firing you - or exhibiting any form of retaliation towards you - for making a legitimate claim is illegal, and your employer could suffer very serious consequences for doing so.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 outlines your employer’s duty to maintain a safe work environment, and any breaches should always be reported and scrutinised.
The Industrial Injury Claims Solicitors at SDS will liaise with your employer to ensure the process runs as it should, and that your rights as a worker and employee are protected.
Get Help With Your Industrial Accident Claim
If any of the above circumstances apply to you, contact us today and let us assess your industrial injury compensation claim. It is vital that you begin your compensation claim as soon as possible after your industrial accident occurs, as there is a time limit of three years in place for injured parties to start their claim.
When your case relates to an industrial disease, the same time limit begins from the moment a diagnosis is made. Either way, it is very important to start proceedings at the earliest opportunity.
Call Sheldon Davidson Solicitors free today to discuss your industrial accident claim. Any initial advice we give is free and comes with no obligations, while if you do choose to proceed with us we take most cases on a no win no fee basis.
Am I eligible for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits (IIDB)?
Industrial accidents can result in a variety of injuries, ranging from minor cases with a short prognosis to life-long disablement. If your industrial accident has left you unable to perform at your job at the same capacity as before, you may be eligible for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits (IIDB).
IIDB is paid weekly by the Government by those left unable to work following an injury or illness caused by an accident at work. You may still be eligible as an apprentice on a training course, and the program covers over 70 types of diseases.
Following your application for IIDB through the Government website, your degree of disability will be assessed, and your monthly benefit adjusted depending on your ability to work. You may also qualify for other benefits, ensuring you are financially safe following a debilitating industrial injury at work.
Why choose us?
Established in Manchester in 1997, we are a leading specialist personal injury claims, accident compensation and medical negligence law firm acting for claimants who are victims of non-fault incidents.
Our team of Accident at Work Claims Solicitors in Manchester, act regularly for clients across Greater Manchester including Ashton, Bury, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Middleton, Failsworth, Rochdale, Oldham and Whitefield.
Our Injury at Work Claims Lawyers, experienced in Industrial Injury Claims, can support your needs wherever you live in Wales, England & Northern Ireland.
We specialise in no win no fee personal injury compensation claims, which means if you don't win, you won't have to pay.
Tak to our accomplished team of personal injury solicitors in Manchester for free today using the number at the top of the page, or complete the online contact form and a member of our team will get back to you.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors are a Lexcel accredited law firm. The Lexcel standard is only awarded by the Law Society to firms who meet the highest standards of practice management and customer service. With Sheldon Davidson Solicitors in Whitefield, Manchester you can be confident that your claim is in safe hands.