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Injuries at Work

The potential for accidents at work is huge, whether in an office, warehouse, factory or on a building site or any other environment. In fact, there are an estimated one million accidents at work per year, which may include, but are not limited to:-

  • Falls from heights, such as scaffolding
  • Lifting and manual handling accidents
  • Building site accidents and defective machinery
  • Slipping or tripping accidents
  • Accidents caused by items or debris falling from above
  • Accidents due to lack of any or adequate training
  • Forklift truck accidents
  • Factory accidents
  • Vibration white finger
  • Industrial deafness
  • Office based injuries such as repetitive strain injury

Not all accidents are caused by negligence, breach of health and safety or breach of other regulations such as manual handling, however, a significant number of accidents are caused by avoidable situations and where employers are either unaware of their duties to employees or fail to adopt adequate procedures and safeguards.

Due to the risk of accident and injury at work being high, this resulted some years ago in the law that all employers are now required to have Employers Liability Insurance in place. A consequence of this compulsory requirement, intended or otherwise, is that it distances the direct impact of making a claim against an employer. In short, if you need to make a claim against an employer it will probably be your employer’s insurers who will meet any settlement sum or amount awarded at a trial.

Important Initial Steps

Whilst accidents at work can vary hugely, there are some common initial investigative steps that should be taken as soon as practicable after an accident. If you are well enough to instruct us to pursue a claim for you, one of the key advantages is that Lloyd Green Solicitors can deal with these tasks, thus reducing the strain on you. Some important issues are:-

  • Seeking statements and co-operation from witnesses
  • Requesting employer’s policies, procedures, training records and records of health and safety checks
  • Investigating previous similar work accidents and a copy of the accident book
  • Ensuring that any equipment possibly connected with the accident is not moved and evidence preserved
  • Possibly involving the Health & Safety Executive if not already involved and following up whether appropriate notifications to any statutory bodies have been made, where necessary, as required by law
  • Medical records

There are often also employment law related issues which can arise after accidents at work. We work closely with employment lawyers should, the need arise, and useful further information on this aspect is available via Acas or alternative useful resources on this site and here also. Simply complete the 30 second claim form to the right of this page to start the process and one of our friendly and compassionate staff will assess your claim quickly for you. Remember, if we take your claim on, then Lloyd Green Solicitors will meet all expenses associated with the claim for you.

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