Accidents at work are fairly common place, but injured workers can sometimes be reluctant to claim against their employers. We understand that this can be a daunting prospect and you may have concerns about how taking this step could affect your job. You may even feel under pressure not to make a claim.
Your rights and employers’ responsibilities
In reality you need not worry. Employers are insured to cover financial loss and the cost of your claim will actually be met by the insurance company. Also, your employer is not allowed to terminate your contract simply because you have made a claim. In many cases the fact that a claim has been brought will lead to an improvement in work practices thus ensuring that similar accidents do not occur in the future. This is an area in which we have become especially skilled over the years and we deal with a wide range of matters involving (but not limited to) the following:
- Dangerous machinery
- Slips or trips at work
- Breaches of Manual Handling Regulations
- Breaches of the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations
- Occupational hearing loss and tinnitus claims
- Occupational dermatitis claims
Remember, your employer has a legal obligation to make sure that you are protected and that the job you carry out is safe. The purpose of compensation is to put you in the position you would otherwise have been in had the accident not occurred as a result of your employers breach of duty. This may cover things such as lost earnings and the cost of medical treatment.
We also have a dedicated and comprehensive Personal Injury Claims website, which details injury and accident types and how much you may be entitled to.