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Accidents at work can lead to severe injuries. If you have suffered an injury in the workplace then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Suffering a traumatic injury at work can be extremely difficult to navigate, from dealing with the pain of the injury itself to adapting to a new way of life beyond the accident. Our network of work injury solicitors are highly experienced in assisting those injured workplace accidents. They provide expert advice on how best to move forward and encourage a full recovery where possible.

Employers in the UK have a responsibility to ensure a safe working environment for their workforce. Though employers actively take steps to avoid accidents occurring, accidents do still happen even when all precautions are taken.

If you have been injured in an accident at work, you may be entitled to make a claim for accident at work compensation. Our panel of work injury solicitors are highly experienced and can guide you through the process while advocating for your best interests. Making a personal injury claim against your employer could help you recover a fair amount of compensation for the injuries and losses you have suffered.

For more information on how our panel of experts could assist you through the personal injury claims process, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.

Common accidents and injuries at work

There is the potential for accidents to happen in all types of workplaces, from construction sites to office spaces. Each environment presents unique hazards and potential risks that can lead to severe injuries.

Some of the most common types of accidents and injuries that occur in workplaces across different sectors include:

  • Slips, trips, and fallsThese are among the most prevalent workplace accidents and can happen in any setting. They can be caused by wet floors, uneven surfaces, cluttered walkways, inadequate lighting, or improper footwear.
  • Musculoskeletal injuries: These injuries often result from overexertion, repetitive motions, or poor ergonomics. Common examples include strains, sprains, back injuries, and carpal tunnel syndrome, particularly in occupations that involve heavy lifting, manual labour, or prolonged sitting.
  • Struck-by accidents: Workers can be struck by objects such as tools, equipment, materials, or vehicles. This can occur due to falling objects, moving machinery, or vehicles backing up without warning.
  • Caught-in/between accidents: These accidents involve workers getting caught or crushed by machinery, equipment, or collapsing structures. Examples include getting caught in machinery, being pinned by heavy objects, or being trapped in confined spaces.
  • Vehicle accidents: Workers who operate vehicles or work in areas with moving vehicles are at risk of being involved in accidents such as collisions, overturns, or being struck by moving vehicles.
  • Electrical incidents: Injuries from electricity can occur due to contact with live wires, faulty equipment, or improper use of electrical tools. These incidents can result in electric shocks, burns, or even electrocution.
  • Exposure to harmful substances: Workers may be exposed to hazardous chemicals, fumes, dust, or biological agents, leading to respiratory problems, skin irritation, poisoning, or long-term health effects.
  • Fires and explosions: These incidents can occur in workplaces where flammable materials are present, such as industrial settings, construction sites, or laboratories. They can result in burns, smoke inhalation, or traumatic injuries.
  • Falls from heights: Workers who perform tasks at elevated heights, such as construction workers, roofers, or window cleaners, are at risk of falling. Falls from heights can result in serious injuries or fatalities.
  • Violence in the workplace: Workplace violence, including physical assault, threats, or harassment, can occur in various settings and industries. It can lead to physical injuries, psychological trauma, and even fatalities.

The above list is just an example of common types of workplace injuries that can occur, though there are many others. If you have suffered a serious injury at work that was not your fault, then please get in touch with a member of our work injury solicitor team today to discuss your potential case.

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What are employers’ responsibilities?

Employers in the UK have a responsibility to mitigate workplace hazards and a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of their workforce. The legal framework that cements this includes the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This legislation mandates that employers prioritise the health, safety, and welfare of their employees, ensuring that workplaces are free from hazards that could cause harm or injury. Some of the key responsibilities of employers include:

Risk assessments: Employers must regularly conduct risk assessments to identify any potential hazards in the workplace, and then implement measures to control and mitigate the risks posed by the hazards. Employers that proactively address such hazards can reduce the chances of accidents occurring and ultimately create a safer environment for everyone that works there.

Equipment and machinery safety: This includes ensuring that premises, equipment, and machinery are in good condition and free from defects that could pose a risk to workers’ safety.

Training and supervision: Employers must provide adequate training and instruction to employees on how to work safely and use equipment and machinery properly. They should also provide supervision and support to ensure that employees follow safety procedures.

Personal protective equipment (PPE): Employers must provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to employees and ensure that it is used correctly. This may include items such as safety helmets, goggles, gloves, or respiratory protection.

Records and reporting: Employers must keep records of health and safety measures, including risk assessments, training records, and accident reports. They are also legally required to report certain types of accidents, injuries, and incidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Employers bear significant responsibilities to prevent accidents in the workplace and to promote workplace safety. By regularly reviewing and updating health and safety arrangements, employers and employees can learn from past mistakes and implement new processes to improve safety standards. However, when corners are cut, or regulations are not followed, it opens the door for employees to suffer serious accidents in which they can make a claim against their employer.

What should you do if you have been injured at work?

The first thing you should do if you have suffered an accident at work is to seek appropriate medical treatment for your injuries. Even if you feel well, you should still be checked out by a healthcare professional as some injuries may not present with symptoms straight away, such as a traumatic head injury. Your medical records related to your injuries will be need during the claims process.

You should also ensure that your injuries were reported to your employer for it to be noted in the workplace accident book. All workplaces that have over ten employees must have an accident report book, but even those smaller will have some form of process to follow in the reporting of accidents in the workplace. You should request a copy of your employer’s report for your own records.

If you were aware of any witnesses that were present when your accident happened, it is also advisable to try and obtain witness statements from them to back up your claim and the details of the accident. CCTV footage of the accident can also be beneficial if available.

Ultimately, once your injuries have been addressed and your employer made aware of the accident, then you may start thinking about the accident at work claims process as soon as you feel able to. Our member firms of work injury solicitors can offer you expert legal advice and advocate for your best interests moving forward.

How much compensation could you receive?

Each case is unique, and, as such, compensation amounts vary significantly depending on the intricacies of the case. Ultimately, settlement amounts depend on various factors, including the severity of your injuries, the impact on your life, and the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Compensation in personal injury claims is split into two categories. These are general damages and special damages.

General damages refers to compensation for the pain and suffering the injury has caused. This amount will depend entirely on the severity of the injury and how it will affect your life long-term. Courts will generally consider precedents set in similar cases to determine an appropriate level of compensation.

Special damages will account for any financial losses you have suffered as a direct result of the accident, such as rehabilitation costs, loss of earnings (both past and future), travel expenses to and from medical appointments and any other costs you may have incurred due to your injuries. It also includes any future losses you may incur, such as ongoing rehabilitation, future care or adaptations to your property as a direct result of your injuries.  We advise our clients to keep all receipts, invoices and other proof of any expenses to enable us to claim these under special damages.

Though there are online calculators available to estimate the amount of compensation you may receive for your injury it is worth noting that these are not always correct. Work injury solicitors are best placed to discuss your case and provide their opinion on how much you may be able to expect based on their first-hand experience and knowledge of the law.

Please do not hesitate to contact us today in regard to your case as there are specific time limits imposed on making a compensation claim for personal injury.

How our work injury solicitors at Major Trauma Group can assist you

If you are looking for expert legal advice on claiming for an accident suffered at work then our panel of specialist work injury solicitors can assist you. We will discuss how your claim can be funded from the outset and may be able to offer our services on a no win, no fee basis, meaning you do not need to worry about the costs that can come with making a claim.

If you have any queries surrounding the process of making a work injury claim with Major Trauma Group, then please get in touch with us today for a free, no-obligation discussion.

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