Every year over a million workers suffer from work related illnesses or injuries. In 2017, 609,000 employees suffered injuries at work and 137 workers were killed during the course of their employment. (Statistics provided by the Health & Safety Executive)
The most common types of injuries suffered by workers include:
- Manual handling/lifting injuries
- Slips, trips and falls
- Falls from a height
- Injuries caused from being trapped
- Injuries from being struck by a moving object
- Injuries caused by faulty or dangerous machinery
- Injuries caused by exposure to chemicals or hazardous substances
Employers have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. This means that they must take steps to ensure that the work place and any work carried out there is safe, including:
- carrying out a risk assessment
- providing proper training and supervision,
- providing the right equipment for the job
- ensuring that any equipment and machinery is properly maintained.
If you have been injured at work because appropriate safety procedures were not in place, or not enforced, you are entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. In addition, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the cost of any necessary medical treatment or loss of earnings if you are unable to work because of your injuries.
There is a time limit of three years from the date of the accident to make a claim for an injury at work. You should therefore obtain specialist legal advice as soon as possible to make sure your claim is brought within the relevant time limit.
This is a very specialist area of law. Many claims will involve complex expert evidence and technical legal arguments. Specialist knowledge will be required to establish liability and ensure that the maximum amount of compensation is received. It is therefore important to ensure that you choose an experienced solicitor when deciding to make a claim for compensation for an accident at work.
Our specialist solicitors have many years of experience of dealing with claims for people who have been injured at work.
We offer a free initial consultation to discuss the circumstances of your claim in detail. We will then be able to advise you whether you have a valid claim and will fully explain the options available to you.
If you are suffering from an injury as a result of an accident at work, contact our specialist team today for a free consultation to discuss whether you have a potential claim for compensation.