Start Your Accident at Work Claim and Get Compensation
Your employer has a duty to provide you with a safe working environment as well as the information and equipment to protect you, however – accidents do happen. When they do, Lamb & Co. Solicitors are here to help. Accidents at work occur when employers are negligent, when the right training and safety measures aren’t in place and for many different reasons in many different types of workplace.
If you have been involved in an accident at work which wasn’t your fault then let us get you the compensation you deserve.
Accidents at Work can be Life Changing
Injuries caused by accidents at work can have a life changing effect on both the victim and his or her family.
Although not all injuries lead to long term damage to one’s health and wellbeing, the number of accidents that can cause permanent effects is still significant and not something anyone should have to live with when the reason for the accident is down to the negligence of someone else.
The most recent statistics from the Health and Safety Executive show that over 140 people are killed each year in accidents at work and over 78,000 injuries to employees are reported under RIDDOR. The Labour Force Survey found over 620,000 injuries at work when last conducted and 28.2 million working days have been lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury. This amounts to a huge cost for the economy but this is nothing when compared with the human cost involved.
An accident at work can damage more than someone’s health. At worst these accidents can cause injuries that can cause serious readjustment problems for the victim, while family and friends might find it hard to cope with the support that is necessary.
Any accident at work can lead to a serious drain on the finances and any long time off work can be a very worrying situation for the injured person. Loss of earnings and financial stress are just further burdens on top of the trauma of the accident itself and that’s why a compensation package, when due, is a truly valuable reassurance for the victim and their family.
A compensation package can be reassuring for both the victim and his or her family as it enables them to be able to cope better with the situation.
Accident Compensation and Workplace Safety
The benefits of the compensation for the victim and their family are one thing but seeking compensation can also mean the employer is obliged to assess their current safety guidelines. A successful compensation should help to address pertinent health and safety issues in the workplace and hopefully ensure that these are improved in the future. This could be anything from ensuring the correct equipment is supplied and maintained to more comprehensive training packages and risk assessments.
Your Employer’s Responsibilities for Workplace Safety
All workplace employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees. Providing you with a safe working environment is essential and more than this there are a range of responsibilities that employers have for their employees’ workplace safety which are detailed below:
- Adequate training should be provided so that all equipment and machinery is used and maintained in a safe manner.
- The workplace is maintained in a manner that allows safe and hazard free use. This includes the use of floors and floor coverings being covered in non-slip material, doors and passage ways being left unobstructed and work stations, desks and chairs are adequately maintained.
- All tools and machinery should be provided which are adequate for the job and maintained to a satisfactory standard.
- If there is any heavy lifting required as part of the job, then adequate equipment should be provided together with training in safe lifting practices.
- Proper safety clothing and other equipment should be provided which provides adequate protection for the employee. This might include such things as goggles, face masks, hard hats, ear plugs, gloves and steel capped boots.
A company which ensures all these measures are in place should not fall foul of regulations and legislation and therefore should have the peace of mind that they are not at risk of negligence or putting their employees at risk of accidents or injuries at work. Employers must provide their employees, including contractors working on a temporary basis and any visitors to their premises or site, with the protection from the possibility of accidents and injuries.
Your Accident Compensation Claim
Claiming for compensation, especially against an employer can be stressful and worrying which is why a reputable and experienced law firm is essential. Lamb & Co have the experience that matters when settling a compensation claim for a workplace accident.
Lamb & Co draws on this experience in order to achieve an excellent success rate with compensation claims for personal injuries including accidents at work. We work hard on the behalf of our clients to ensure that they get the maximum amount of compensation for their injuries.
Our legal services are offered on a “no win no fee” basis. If you are in doubt about your entitlement to a claim for compensation for an accident at work, talk to your health and safety or union representative or directly to us at Lamb & Co for a free consultation.
Although your medical condition will be the first priority after a workplace accident, it is important to consider contacting a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible whenever this is physically possible. The sooner legal proceedings begin, the more likely a successful claim will be. In any case, most claims for compensation are not normally possible after three years from the date of the accident.
The Value of your Accident at Work Claim
While it is impossible to generalise about claim payments as the situation surrounding an accident can differ widely from one accident to another, it is useful to know what is considered when calculating the final compensation figure.
The amount is worked out based on the amount of pain and suffering which results from injuries received together with an amount paid to compensate for all those things which have been lost due to the accident.
These things include all those activities which are no longer possible, such as being able to drive, work, play sport or, in more serious circumstances, such things as being able to see, hear or walk.
The loss of normal activity and abilities may be only vary in length from weeks to a life time, so the compensation payment must take into consideration this potential time factor.
Compensation amounts also take into account the loss of earnings. While medical care is free with the NHS, there are such things as costs of getting to and from the doctor or a hospital and prescription costs. Any future or potential costs of rehabilitation and care will also be included in the calculation.
If you have an injury due to the nature of your work or as a result of an accident and feel your employer is at fault then you may be able to make an accident at work claim.
We know that having an injury can cause you unnecessary financial problems whilst your compensation is being negotiated. Here at Lamb and Co, we want to help and assist you as much as we can to ease the stress of bringing a claim for compensation.
If you wish to discuss your case with us, please feel free to contact us today on our free phone number or by filling in an online claim form and one of our qualified and friendly staff will return your call within the hour.
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