Injuries In The Workplace And Your Entitlement To Pursue An Accident Claim

Solicitors in the modern era are much more pro-active as seeking out customers than in the past. As a result the phrase accident claim has become more prevalent in all areas of advertising and you will surely have heard it yourself. What you may not be aware of is that the term relates to work related injuries as well as ones received in incidents such as car crashes. Here we investigate your employer’s duty to protect you at work and in what instances their failure to do so can mean compensation for you.

The responsibilities of your employer

A move to make our working environments safer was made in 1974 through the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act. The three aims of the act are as follows:
• Securing health, safety and welfare of person at work
• Protecting persons, other than persons at work, against risks tp health or safety arising out of or in connection with activities of persons at work
• Controlling the keeping and use of explosives of highly flammable or otherwise dangerous substances, and generally preventing the unlawful acquisition, possession and use of such substances

Relevant incidents

The act places the onus of your safety at work with your employer and if you can demonstrate their negligence following an injury then you are eligible for compensation. The kind of instances most commonly associated with making an accident claim are trips and falls, injuries due to faulty machinery and fire. One area that is perhaps less associated with this kind of compensation claim is that of loss of hearing, which can be caused by a noisy work environment. Although in this instance damage has usually been sustained over a period of time rather than in one incident, your employer has still failed in their duty to protect you at work.

Demonstrating negligence

In order for your accident claim to be successful you must be able to prove that your employer is negligent in providing safe working conditions. This could centre round not providing the correct training, failure to maintain machinery or equipment, a lack of safety features such as railings and even things such as not rotating staff away from noisy environments in cases regarding hearing loss.

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