Accidents at work
Every employer has a legal obligation to ensure that their employees are safe whilst they are at work. Very detailed Health and Safety rules exist to ensure that accidents and injuries at work do not occur. This means that your employer has an obligation to train you to do the job that you are employed to do and ensure your colleagues know what they should be doing and how it should be done.
- Your employer's obligation
Your employer must make sure that you use the proper equipment and that it is working properly, regularly inspected and maintained. You must be provided with correct protective clothing, which you must use and it must protect you from any dangers that you may be exposed to as part of the job that you do. Your work area and workspace must be safe for you to work in.
Your employer is also required to undertake risks assessments to identify what might go wrong and take steps to minimise the risk of injury.
It doesn’t matter if you are employed or self-employed. Your safety must still be important to whoever pays you to do your job. Your employer will still have a responsibility for you, even if you are sent elsewhere to do your job.
- How we can help you
Unfortunately, not everyone’s boss complies with health and safety laws and work injuries happen. If you find yourself in this situation, we have the experience to represent you. We will advise you on the various legal obligations that are there to protect you. We will tell you if anyone is to blame for your accident and whether you can claim compensation.
- Getting back to work
We understand how important it is for you and your family to get you back to work and we understand the financial impact that an accident can cause. We will help you to claim for any past lost earnings and for the loss of bonuses, commissions and any other benefits that you receive as part of your employment, along with possible future financial losses if you are going to be off work for a long time.
- Considering making a claim?
We will understand if you are reluctant at first to bring a claim, particularly if your boss is being sympathetic and helpful. We are happy to simply give advice initially. We won’t put pressure on you to claim if you don’t want to, although it is compulsory for employers to have insurance in place and the claim will be pursued against the insurance company. So there is no reason why you should feel embarrassed or awkward about claiming for expenses you have been put to or for the cost of treatment you couldn’t otherwise afford.
If you think you may have a claim or would like some advice, contact us for a no obligation, free of charge consultation.