Had An Accident At Work? Make An Injury At Work Claim With Our Manchester Solicitors
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Who Can Make An Accident At Work Claim
Business owners have a responsibility to ensure that the workplace is safe for all employees and visitors. In the UK the law states that all businesses must have insurance and adhere to Health & Safety regulations. If your employer has failed to follow the guidelines and it has caused an accident at work then you may have cause to make a claim. If you believe that you may be partly to blame for the accident you may still have grounds to make an accident at work claim if you believe that the initial risk was fuelled by actions of your employer.
If you are over 18 you can make the accident at work claim yourself however if the claimant is under 18 then a litigation friend such as a close family member will need to be appointed.
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Common Injuries Caused By Accidents At Work
Head, spinal & brain injuries
Burns & scalds
Eyesight loss & amputations
Type Of Accidents That Are Eligible For A Work Accident Claim
The most common accidents that result in an accident at work claim being made are:
- falling objects
- not following health and safety guidelines
- dangerous machinery
- negligence of colleagues
- accident caused by forklift
- accident caused by crane
- poorly maintained equipment
- slips, trips or falls
- poor lifting techniques due to lack of training
- injuries caused by industrial machines which cause excessive vibration
Your Employer Is Responsible For:
2) keeping the workplace in a safe and tidy fashion. Work spaces should be suitable for the job, floors and corridors should be kept clear of hazards and doors should be not obstructed.
3) providing training on how to lift heavy items
4) provide safety clothing e.g. hard hats, masks, gloves, boots, high-visibility jackets
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With serious injuries we also look at compensation to cover future loss of earnings, lifetime care and treatment costs, help with household tasks, medication, prosthetic limbs and custom built housing. This can put a claim into the region of millions of pounds.
The Time Limit For An Accident At Work Claim
There is currently a 3 year time limit in the UK where you can apply for an injury at work claim. If your case is not opened with three years of the accident happening, then you may be time barred from being able to claim compensation. The start date begins on the day of the accident or from the date when you find out that an injury was caused by a work place accident. Some accidents at work only become known later after the first exposure, for example being exposed to asbestos and other diseases that take time to cause problems.
Some accident at work claims can be resolved very quickly whilst others may take longer depending on the employers response and the intricacies of the case. Many accident at work claims are settled out of court however some will need to progress onto court. Any evidence you can provide will help your case, this can be items such as witnesses and photographs.
Some accident at work claims can be resolved very quickly whilst others may take longer depending on the employers response and the intricacies of the case. Many accident at work claims are settled out of court however some will need to progress onto court.
Any evidence you can provide will help your case, this can be items such as witnesses and photographs.
Why Using An Accident At Work Solicitor Is Helpful
An accident at work solicitor will initially understand the facts of your case and how best to move the case forward and give it the best possible chance of being successful. An experienced solicitor has a wealth of knowledge due to managing previous cases and therefore has a good understanding of what the landscape looks like in order to guide you through the best possible options available to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Throughout Your Case We Promise To:
Keep you informed of the progress of your claim
Confirm any receipt of documents sent by you
Always respond to queries in a timely manner
Ensure you are satisfied with your compensation