Every workplace has at least some precautions in place to prevent injury to managers and staff. However, workplace injuries still can and do happen. These can be minor things like a bruise or cut, all the way up to accidents that cause lifelong disabilities. It’s not a pleasant thought, but if something like this were to happen to you, it’s important to know the relevant legalese. Here’s a few things you should know about personal injury claims.
Firstly, a bit about the law surrounding personal injury. In the UK, every employer is obliged to take care of the safety and welfare of their staff, along with any visitors to their business premises. The same clauses require businesses to have insurance which are in line with the relevant health and safety regulations. Before you take your first step towards filing a personal injury claim, you have to ensure that your employer has failed to meet these responsibilities in a way that contributed to your accident. that’s not the end of it though. Even in cases where you contributed to your own injury, you could be able to pursue a successful case.
So, what exact injuries can you claim for? That’s a very expansive question that has a lot of possible answers. What a lot of people don’t realize is that a case against your employer doesn’t necessarily have to involve an injury. If you have evidence of some near-misses, caused by your employer’s negligence of health and safety regulations, you may have enough weight to mount a fairly strong case. Other common causes of accidents are defective or poorly maintained machinery, noxious or toxic substances which aren’t properly contained, falling objects, and injuries involving cranes, forklifts and other industrial vehicles. The negligence of co-workers is another common cause of accidents. Remember the injury doesn’t have to be all that serious to build a case on. It’s common for employees to claim work accident compensation for slips, trips and falls.
To you and everyone you work with, your accident claim could have been a long time coming, and due to the well-known negligence of your higher-ups. However, everyone’s equal in the eyes of the law. The most important aspect to a successful personal injury claim is the evidence of negligence you can bring to the table. Even if you have a few witnesses to a simple manual labor accident, it can be tough to prove that it’s on your employer’s hands. Large companies are prepared for this sort of situation, and will have a formidable legal team in their camp. This is why it’s so important to hire an experienced attorney to take on this kind of case. It’s also extremely important to get all the medical attention possible from the day of your incident. If the injury causes you long-term damage and it’s found that you didn’t get all the treatment you needed, your case could crumble very quickly.
Now that you know some important points about workplace injury claims, I hope the whole topic seems a little less complex and daunting.