It is the responsibility of your employer to ensure they follow the correct Health & Safety Legislations to reduce the risks of work accidents happening in the work place.
Your employer is required to take the appropriate steps to make your working environment safe. If they fail to comply with Health and Safety Legislations and you have an accident at work or become ill as a result, then you could be entitled to make a Personal Injury Claim for compensation.
Common work accidents and illnesses include:
- Falls and slips on poor ground conditions or wires running across a floor
- Falling from high locations such as ladders, roof tops, trees or scaffolding
- Back and neck injuries from lifting heavy items
- Cuts from machinery, tools or saws
- Chemical burns when safety clothing and glasses are not provided
- Auto accidents when you are driving for work, either in your own car or a company car
- Repetitive strains from doing the same activity over and over again, like typing
- Vibration illness from using machinery
- Hearing loss from loud machinery, vehicles or music
- Asbestos related illnesses such as cancer or COPD from coal mines, schools, roofing or pipework materials
Some people worry about claiming for compensation when they’re involved in an accident at work because they worry about the financial impact their claim could have on their employer and their employment.
All employers are required to take out employer’s liability insurance, so if you make a claim and it is successful, the compensation is paid out by the insurance company, NOT your employer. It is AGAINST THE LAW for your employer to discipline or dismiss you for making a claim, if this happened you would then have grounds for a second claim for Unfair Dismissal.
Accidents at work can result in serious injuries. You may be hospitalised or have to take sick leave as a result of the accident which can then lead to loss of earnings, physio therapy and rehabilitation. You may also have to travel to ensure you get the best medical advice or treatment that you need, so it is important to recover that money back.
Here at Hopkins, we offer a friendly, face-to-face, first class personal injury legal service. We work hard to get you maximum compensation as quickly and effectively as possible, on a NO WIN NO FEE basis to help you get you back on your feet again.
Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse. It’s also known as work-related upper limb disorder.
Using vibrating machinery in the workplace, such as road drills and tools, can cause health problems. The parts of the body that can be affected are the hands, fingers, elbows and sometimes even the full arm.
Asbestos was used in many industrial jobs from 1945 through to 1999 before the substance was completely prohibited.
Noise induced hearing loss is caused as a result of being exposed to high levels of noise for long periods of time which often happens in the work place in industrial jobs such as factories. Your employer has a legal duty to supply you with the correct hearing protection to protect you against hearing problems.