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Personal injury at work

Getting injured at work

Work can seem like a bore, the daily grind, the thing you dread on a Sunday night. This, however, can all change when all of a sudden you slip and break an arm or a leg, rendering you incapable of work for the next month or longer.

Aside from the pain of an injury, lack of income becomes a real problem. You may be entitled to get you the money to make sure you are compensated for any lost earnings where an employer has been negligent. The types of injury you might be able to obtain compensation for include:

  • Broken bones;
  • Strains;
  • Burns;
  • Cuts;
  • Brain injuries; and
  • Spinal injuries.

A solicitor can take on your case and pursue the compensation that you might be entitled to, on a full no win no fee basis. Many cases settle without having to go to court, this is dependent on how clearly the case has been pleaded and how much evidence is provided in support.

The standard employers are expected to reach

Your role at work carries with it certain dangers, be it mopping the floor at the end of the day or driving a fork-lift truck around a warehouse stacked to the rafters with chemicals. Whatever the dangers are in your workplace, your employer must do all they can to educate you of the dangers, prevent accidents from occurring and give you protective equipment to minimise damage if appropriate.

If the conduct of your employer falls below the standard expected of the reasonable employer and an accident occurs, then they may be liable to pay compensation. Employers also have a duty to protect visitors and contractors on their property. The types of precautions an employer is expected to take include:

  • The provision of the appropriate functional machinery for the task at hand;
  • The maintenance of such machinery;
  • The upkeep of a clean and tidy environment to work in;
  • The provision of suitable space and furniture;
  • The maintenance of clear exits and entrances;
  • The provision of training;
  • The provision of safety equipment including boots, goggles and gloves; and
  • The provision of high-visibility clothing.

Even where a fellow member of staff has caused the injury, your employer may still be liable to pay your compensation. This is because employers are responsible for the actions of their staff and mistakes often occur due to lack of training or through inadequate division of resources. It is only where the employer has acted otherwise than in the course of their employment that an employer can escape liability.

Causation

It must be proved that the injury was actually caused by the act or omission of the employer.  It must be true to say that had it not been for the employer’s act or omission the injury would not have occurred. For example where no sign has been displayed to indicate a wet floor and the employee slips and breaks her leg it could be said that if a sign was present she would not have walked on the slippery surface.

Paying for your claim

Even if you don’t have the money to pay for a lawyer we can represent you. This is because we work on ‘no win no fee’ basis. That means if you lose your case you can walk away without owing anything. If you win your case you receive all the compensation that you are entitled to and the other side pays for our work. We are able to offer these terms because we are highly experienced at choosing the right cases, obtaining the right evidence and negotiating the best outcomes. If we weren’t good, we would be out of business.

What to do

It is best to instruct a solicitor as soon as possible to discuss your claim. There are time limits in these sorts of claims but more pertinently the sooner after the event the case is discussed the fresher events will be in your mind and the easier it will be to obtain any evidence necessary.

We will advise you as to the merits of your case and whether it is worth pursuing the claim so get in touch by completing our claim form today.

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