Accidents at work

Employers have a legal obligation to provide a duty of care to their employees in the workplace. This means that they have to take all reasonable steps to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the employee.

Unfortunately, not all employers abide by these obligations. The result can be accidents at work. An accident at work claim involves seeking compensation from negligent employers whose failure to provide a duty of care has resulted in loss through personal injury.

It can happen in any workplace

Accidents at work are often associated with industry and machinery, but any workplace can be unsafe. You may work in an office and are expected to routinely carry heavy boxes of files that you struggle with. It strains your back a little, which aches a bit in the morning and seems to be getting worse, but how else are you going to carry them? During the course of carrying these boxes, you don’t have a clear view over the top of them. One day, you catch your shoe in a hole in the carpet on the corridor. Management have known about this hole for a long time but refuse to replace the carpet. You tumble forward, files spilling everywhere as you crash into boxes of files that are routinely deposited on the floor in the corridor instead of being properly stored away. There could be several routes for negligence here. Whatever your workplace, if you sustain an injury due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.

Workplaces are vast and varied, and so is the range of personal injury that can occur. Accidents at work can result in muscle strain injuries; burns or lacerations; a slip, trip or fall; broken or injured limbs through to more serious cases such as brain and spinal injuries and even fatal injuries. The causes can be a multitude of things, such as lack of training, lack of safety equipment, lack of proper policy, and so on. With all accidents at work, you need to make sure the accident book is correctly and fully filled in when an accident arises.

Documentation is vital

It is very useful to ensure you have as much evidence as you can to support your claim. Photographs of the negligent work environment are an excellent start. Prepare any documentation relating to losses or expenses you have incurred due to your injury as this will all be used to calculate your compensation. Make a diary of any pain, distress, and any other limitations that have been caused by your injury.

Don’t be scared to claim

Many people who have suffered an accident at work are put off claiming because they fear retribution from their employer or they don’t want to “bite the hand that feeds them”. Don’t be that person. You are legally entitled to claim, and most employers have insurance to cover claims like this.

We are here to help

Inghams offers a free initial consultation for accident at work claims. We aim to discuss your case, the process and the level of compensation you might expect to receive. To start your claim either give us a call on 01253 873481 or complete the online claim starter form.