Accident at work compensation claims can be difficult to handle on your own. Not only are you injured and are trying to recover from your wounds, but you will have to gather evidence from your work environment. This is where an experienced Gowing Law Solicitor can help you. We can handle your claim whilst you recover. However, before you get in contact with us, you may have some questions about work accident claims in general. Today is your lucky day! Gowing Law has recently interviewed our operations director, Elaine, about work accident compensation claims. Today we start with one of the most common questions: ”What sort of work accident claims are there?”
The different types of work accident claims
As you can see from our interview with Elaine, there are many different types of accident at work claims. This is due to the fact that there are a wide variety of different kinds of workplace. For instance, the accidents that could happen in a retail store and an office space are different. Before, work accident claims would mainly depend on the environment and whether there were any potential hazards that could cause accidents.
A construction site may have had faulty wiring and machines laying around, whilst an office may just have had a spill on the floor. But nowadays, Covid-19 may have ushered in a new type of accident at work claim. If someone got sick with Covid-19 due to an unsafe work environment, could the liability fall on the employer? It depends on the amount of evidence you have and whether you are remotely working. Speak to our solicitors today if you think that you have a claim.
Common Work accidents
Some of the most common accidents are normally things that have not had specific training set out for them. They can cause minor and major injuries that may even require time off work with SSP (aka. sick pay). Here are some examples of the most common injuries that you may be forced to endure if you are involved in an accident:
A lack of manual training
One of the most common accidents comes from a lack of manual training. When you get a certain job, there are expectations that come along with it. You know what duties you are going to fulfill and you should receive training to help you achieve your daily goals. However, sometimes you may be asked to help out with activities that you may not have any training in. This includes manual tasks like lifting up heavy objects and loading/unloading different objects before carrying them to your workspace. Now, most workplaces will not provide training about how to handle this sort of thing. It’s not a part of your normal duties, so why would you ever need to know safety measures about it? This is why you may end up getting hurt.
If it does happen then it is the responsibility of your employer to pay compensation for your injuries, especially if you are forced to take time away from work to recover from lifting something that was too heavy.
The lack of help for manual jobs
Everyone should know their rights when it comes to being safe at work. However, in some cases, it is impossible to maintain safety. This is because equipment in the workplace may not be in the best condition. If it does present a danger, this could injure someone. For instance, if there is a spill on the floor and no one has marked it as a danger, someone could slip over and hurt themselves. Another example is that a store front may have had its stock irregularly put away by customers. That means there is a high chance they could fall down and hit someone.
It is important that the workplace has protective measures in place to protect employees when they are injured. Different work environment present different hazards. That means that they need to identify these hazards and make them obvious to employees that they must be avoided. That way businesses can avoid liability.
Are there any other types of work accident claims?
Of course there are! Each work accident claim is extremely different as they depend on the circumstances behind the accident. Any sort of big or small injury could have an effect on your life. Your compensation depends on the extent of your losses. This could include:
- Physical injuries
- Emotional damages
- Financial losses
- Medical expenses
- Broken products/ personal items
Claiming compensation should build you back up to the position you were originally in before you experienced these losses. That’s why you should wait around 2 weeks before you get in touch with your solicitor about your injury. That way you can make notes on what losses you have suffered and bring these to your solicitor. The more evidence you have to back up these losses, the better.
Gowing Law Solicitors can help you with any accident at work claims!
If you have suffered an accident at work, contact Gowing Law Solicitors to help you with your compensation claim. We would be happy to work with you to get the pay-out that you deserve. Gowing Law offers free advice and consultations to help you get started. These can be done remotely to ensure that you are protected against Covid-19 whilst you pursue your claim. Should you decide to work with us, we can offer you services on a “no win-no fee” basis. That means there is no risk when you make your claim. You will only need to pay us a fee if we win your case. Therefore, you will always come out on top.
Contact us now by calling 0800 041 8350, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by using our direct message feature on our contact page. Our friendly staff team will get in contact as quickly possible and will help you.
Read more about an accident at work claims
Want to learn more about our interview with Elaine, make sure to check out our additional interview blogs. These are all about accident at work claims. You will find links to them below:
- The Top 5 questions about accident at work claims
- The Basics of Accident at Work Claims: Explained by Gowing Law Solicitors
- Work Accident Compensation Claims: Your Questions Answered!
Our blog also contains lots of information about personal injuries, road traffic accidents and financial mis-selling. Make sure to keep an eye on it as we update it every week. If you have any ideas about blog content you want to read, let us know by emailing email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you in our next blog.