Had An Accident At Work?
Accident at work? Tilly Bailey & Irvine's North East Solicitors in Hartlepool, Wynyard, Stockton-on-tees and Barnard Castle have the specialist knowledge and experience to support your claim.
If you have been injured in an accident at work you may be entitled to claim for personal injury compensation.
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This can include:
- A slip, trip or a fall
- Injuries while working at a height and from falling objects
- Burns and scalds
- Loss of sight or hearing
- Exposure to hazardous and toxic substances
- Assault or negligence from co-workers
- Injuries from heavy manual lifting or operating heavy machinery
- Small and large lacerations
- Head, brain or spinal injuries
- Fatal claims
Our work injury claims specialists will work with you to ensure that you receive justice along with the correct compensation amount that you deserve; standing beside you in what may seem an intimidating situation. We will help you with the task of assembling evidence from the accident and presenting it to insurers to receive a pay-out for your unfortunate situation.
As claims differ from individual to individual, some may be settled within months whilst some may take a longer period of time to finalise if disputes occur. Despite the possibility of a lengthy encounter, you will be fully supported from start to finish of the financial settlement, whether court proceedings are issued or not.
UK Law states that employers have a legal obligation and a set of rules to follow to ensure that the safety and welfare of their staff are kept at a maximum. This consists of ensuring that all members of staff are trained appropriately, dressed appropriately, given the correct equipment and that health and safety regulations are continually assessed and acted upon. Risk assessments must be continually undertaken to ensure no dangers occur in the ever-changing workplace.
As an employee making a claim, you must be able to distinctly prove that this responsibility has been neglected in a way that caused an accident to occur. Although you may still claim if the accident was partly your fault, the instigator of the incident must be the employer. Ensuring that all evidence is collected immediately from the first instance, helps to ensure that your claim is a strong one.
- Evidence to support that you communicated the accident to the appropriate member of staff
Evidence that it was recorded appropriately in the employer’s ‘Accident Book’
Any evidence to show that a doctor was seen to discuss the injury/illness, if applicable, discussing details of the injury/illness
No organisation is too large to be held responsible for an employee injury. If they are to blame, then they must face the repercussions of their negligence. Regardless of size, structure and reputation, protocol must be adhered to and appropriate training given so that workplace accidents don’t occur. It is important that, if you do suffer from an incident, that you come forward with your claim as it could prevent the same accident happening to someone else within the workforce.
It is important that you claim immediately or as soon as possible after the accident at work. If the legal proceedings have not begun within a 3-year time period, entitlement to compensation may be rejected due to time restraints. Evidence may not be able to be collected in a sufficient manner if the claim is left for a long period of time. In the unfortunate circumstances that a fatality occurred and family are dealing with a claim, the 3 year limitation begins from the date of death.
Key points to consider:
- Ensure that you report the incident immediately and collect sufficient evidence to support the claim
Make sure you begin the legal proceedings for your claim within 3 years