Accident At Work Claims

Open since 1988, we fight on a ‘no win, no fee*’ basis for those who have been injured in workplace accidents through no fault of their own. Contact our experienced & caring team for a free, no-obligation assessment of your case.

Claiming Work Accident Compensation

According to the Labour Force Survey, there were 581,000 non fatal, self reported injuries at work in 2018/2019. It is unfortunate, but regardless of how and where you are employed, accidents at work do happen and the consequences can sometimes be devastating.

As such, it is the law that your employer provides a safe working environment for you to work in. Failure to do so could put them in a position of being held responsible for any injuries suffered in the workplace. Therefore, if you have been injured at work due to your employers’ negligence, then you may be eligible to make an accident at work compensation claim.

If this is the case and you decide to instruct Smith Jones to act on yours or a loved one’s behalf, you will have the full backing of a legal firm with over 30 years experience in accident at work claims. Our caring and compassionate solicitors understand the strict laws that govern the workplace and are experts in dealing with claims where you or someone close to you has been injured at work. Reach out to us today for a free, no-obligation assessment of your accident at work claim. 

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    How Much Compensation For An Injury At Work?

    Many of our clients look for the answer to this question at the start of their enquiry, however, there are many factors to consider before we’re able to give you an estimated settlement amount. This is because each injury at work claim is unique, and with the assistance of medical professionals and other experts, we will need to consider both the injury as well as factoring in loss of earnings (both past and present), money spent on travel, treatment and any adaptations or additional care as a result of your injury.

    Time Limits & Your Employer

    The law on time limits for work accident claims and occupational disease claims can be complex. Generally, as an adult, you have three years from the date of the injury to have either settled your claim or started court proceedings. With some industrial disease/occupational disease claims, the three-year time limit starts from the date of knowledge. The date of knowledge is the point at which you know that you are suffering from an illness caused by your employment.

     

    Other exceptions to the three-year time limit include diminished mental capacity. This is an extremely complex area of law and so it is always advised you take legal advice from a specialist solicitor at the earliest opportunity.

     

    For those who wish to continue working at the same company and are apprehensive about making a claim, we understand that you may be apprehensive when it comes to making a case against your employer. Fortunately, employers are not allowed to terminate your employment because of you bringing a claim against them and you should not be forced into resignation due to a hostile environment. This is often referred to as ‘constructive dismissal’ and is illegal.

     

    As employers have a legal duty to provide safe working surroundings and are obliged to insure themselves against potential accidents, your employer will more than likely have little involvement in the process; instead their insurer will deal with the majority of the process on their behalf.

     

    If you do have reservations about making a work accident claim whilst still in employment, just speak to a member of our friendly team. The chances are, we have helped somebody in a very similar situation, and we can help you work out your options.

    Workplace Accidents - What Are Your Rights?

    In the UK, employers are legally obliged to protect the welfare of their staff; this includes holding relevant and adequate insurance and meeting all health and safety regulations. Employers should take all reasonably practicable steps to prevent personal injury and to protect all persons from foreseeable hazards arising from its activities. Key areas of these laws include:

    • Providing and maintaining safe working environments;
    • Providing suitable and sufficient information, instruction and, where necessary, training;
    • Making available any equipment necessary to ensure the well-being of employees and visitors.

     

    Information regarding your employer’s specific Health and Safety commitments can usually be found in their Health and Safety Handbook. Because of this, many injuries in the workplace can be prevented. Though the environment you work in will determine the areas which pose the greatest risk to you, we commonly handle workplace injury claims from a wide range of consequences including, but not limited to:

    • Inadequate training
    • Faulty equipment
    • Failure to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Insufficient staffing levels
    • Failure to carry out adequate risk assessments
    • Poorly managed activities/ processes and systems

     

    Employees also have a legal duty to co-operate with the company to fulfil their duties in order to protect their own safety by:

    • Working safely and complying with the requirements of this policy and associated procedures;
    • Using any equipment provided;
    • Reporting incidents and assisting in their investigation;

     

    This has been the law since at least as far back as 1837 when the landmark case of Priestley v Fowler, which established that an employer owed a personal duty of care to their employee. Over the years this has been developed further by the courts, and the most recent expression of it is that in Dusek v Stormharbour Securities LLP, where it was confirmed that: “Employers owe a personal, non-delegable duty to their employees to take reasonable care for their physical safety.”

    This approach had continued through the years and is reflected in regulations such as The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and other regulations made under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. As experienced work accident solicitors, we can provide you with the expertise needed to ensure you are properly looked after and compensated for any workplace injury you may receive, as well as access to the best possible treatment.

    Case Studies

    Compensation That Changes Lives

    Read the stories of how we have helped people with rehabilition, compensation and support as to get their lives back after being involved in a workplace accident.

    Healthcare Worker Injury Claims

    Working in care is both physically and emotionally demanding. You are required to be compassionate and understanding, but you also have a very physical role to fulfil. Being injured on the job, especially in the manner that it can happen in a care environment, can thus make claiming for accidents as a carer some of the most sensitive to deal with.  As with most types of injury claim, no two cases are alike. Though the individual circumstances of healthcare assistant claims vary widely, there are often characteristics which make a claim more likely to arise in certain surroundings. Common accidents involving care workers include:

    • Slips, trips & falls
    • Assaults
    • Manual handling injuries
    • Food and drink preparation accidents
    Slipping Or Falling Over

    If you have suffered injury as a result of a slip, trip or fall accident whilst carrying out your work duties then we may be able to help you. These types of accidents can have a far-reaching effect on you, your family and those you provide care for, especially if you are unable to work due to your injuries.

     

    There are many causes of slip, trip and fall accidents including floors left wet after cleaning, spillages which have not properly been cleared, tripping hazards and obstacles, poorly maintained surfaces/ flooring, incorrect footwear, poor lighting and contrasting flooring levels.

     

    Your employer has a duty of care to you and should have taken steps to ensure your safety in all areas you are required to visit as part of your role in supporting service users.

     

    Healthcare Workers Assault

    Supporting service users can be demanding for both parties, and certain situations can escalate quickly. Whilst some incidents cannot be foreseen; certain safeguards should be in place to reduce the risk of those working in the care industry from becoming victims of assault.

     

    Adequate risk assessments should be produced, and processes should be in place and followed when caring for service users. Those with a violent history should be cared for with additional safeguards in place to protect both parties. Employers should also ensure that adequate staffing levels are maintained.

     

    Lifting & Handling Injury Claim

    Manual handling incidents can occur in many workplaces. Whether you provide care in private homes or within a care home setting, moving and handling is most likely a large part of your role. Lifting equipment, assisting with laundry and waste removal and helping service users move around can all lead to repetitive lifting injuries. Your employer should provide you with adequate training and provide any safety equipment required to carry out your duties safely.

     

    Failure to do so, or incorrect practice, could lead to either party being injured. Common injuries affecting care providers involve musculoskeletal injuries.

     

    Kitchen Injuries

    Your work duties may include the preparation of food and drinks. Where appropriate, your employer should provide training and protective equipment, and risk assessments should be carried out to minimise the risk of injury to staff and service users. If food preparation is one of the tasks you regularly carry out, you may have experienced burns or scalding injuries, both of which are extremely painful and can leave scarring.

    Construction Site Claims

    Working on construction sites still remains amongst the most dangerous occupations in many countries around the globe. Based on reports by the Health and Safety Executive, there are around 5% of employees that work in the construction industry in the UK, however, that relatively small percentage accounts for about 31% of the fatal injuries reported and 10% of serious accidents.

    There are many reasons behind the huge number of accidents, with the use of potentially harmful and heavy equipment being among the top reasons, alongside working at height. There is also the risk of construction workers falling ill due to their working conditions, for instance, diseases that are related to asbestos or chemicals.

    Construction Accidents & What You Can Claim For:

    There are a lot of illnesses and injuries that can come from working in the construction industry. Each of these illnesses and injuries could be of differing levels of severity, but what they have in common is that they have the potential to bring about disruption in your life. It does not really matter the manner in which you’ve been injured or how you got sick while working on a building site – as long as it was because of another person’s negligence, you have a right to make a construction accident compensation claim. Even in situations where the accident was partly caused by your own failings you may still have a right to claim compensation (subject to a reduction in the overall damages due to your contributory negligence).

    What Should You Do If You’re Injured on a Site?

    In the event that you find yourself involved in an accident on site, these are the steps that you could take in order to ensure your legal protection is not in jeopardy:

     

    • In case of any injuries, you should seek immediate medical attention
    • Do not admit to any responsibility before you have contacted and spoken to solicitors that you trust
    • Collect names and other relevant details of any witnesses that were present when the incident occurred
    • Ensure that the accident has been accurately recorded and reported in the Accident Book

     

    These are just the basic steps that you should take following a construction accident. It is vital for you to remember that the steps listed above are for guidance only and they should not be used as a comprehensive legal advice. 

    Who Can Make A Construction Accident Claim?

    It is important to remember that it’s not mandatory for you to be an employee in order to claim compensation for a construction accident claim. You could be an agent, self-employed person, or even a contractor and still have legal grounds for compensation. The main condition is that the construction site accident that you were involved in occurred while you were working on a site that owes you a duty of care and that you weren’t to blame.

    The Laws That Protect You:

    By virtue of being a construction worker, your employer has a duty of care to ensure that you are safe from accidents and injuries that could occur on site. In addition to this, there are precise health and safety regulations that UK & European law has put in place to protect you. Some of them include:

     

    Regulations For Working At Heights

    There are laws that are specific to the manner in which jobs should be done as well as how safety equipment should be handled. It should be shown in your job description if you are required to work higher than ground level. This may involve the use of a ladder, working on roofs or on scaffolding among many other places. Ladders, for example, should be secure and properly footed as to prevent wobbling that might lead to a fall. 

     

    Risks of Falling Objects

    Workers on construction sites should always be provided with protective equipment at any given time. One of the most vital elements of protective gear is hard harts which prevent injuries caused by falling objects.

     

    Protection from Dangerous and Defective Premises

    Areas like deep holes that are found on construction sites are what are referred to as dangerous and defective premises. In addition to the above, unstable structures that have not been fenced off or even had appropriate warnings clearly etched on them are regarded as defective and dangerous premises as well. Workers should be adequately protected when working in sites which have such areas.

     

    Defective Work Equipment and Machinery

    Employers are liable for building site accidents that occur, especially those that cause injuries arising from work with defective equipment. All that you need to do is prove that the equipment provided by the employer was defective, regardless of demonstrations of the manner in which the defects were caused.

     

    Manual Handling of Objects in Building Sites

    There is a wide array of construction accident claims that arise from the handling of large and heavy objects. In the event that workers are needed to handle both large and small objects on a continuous basis, then such actions are classified in the category of manual handling. Your employers should have conducted a risk assessment of all the tasks that are required of you in order for you to do your job safely.

     

    Injuries that are caused by manual handling require the tasks at hand to be subjected to further risk assessments. Your injury could be categorised as serious if you were absent from work for more than 3 days. A RIDDOR style report should be written up, and a notification regarding the same needs to be sent to the Health and Safety Executive. 

     

    Excessive Exposure to Noise

    It is common knowledge that construction sites can be very noisy. These may be single loud sounds such as those from collisions of large metallic objects or from handling explosives. Additionally, any continuous loud and excessive noise should also be taken into account. This refers to sounds that come from machines, power tools, large vehicles and diggers.

     

    Such levels of exposure to noise could easily lead to industrial deafness. Health and safety regulations have indicated the maximum degree of noise level which is within a normal human being’s threshold. This helps to dictate the noise levels that employers should put in place so as to avoid risks of hearing injuries and to also know when they should incorporate noise reduction strategies.

     

    Injury From Work Vehicles

    There are a large number of laws that are specific to the safety and training of workers whose job description involves the use of work vehicles. Some of these vehicles include cranes, forklift trucks, lorries and diggers, among many others.

     

    The duty of care owed to the Public

    Site operators normally have it in their list of duties to protect members of the public that are visiting or passing by they’re building. Despite this, the annual figure shows that about 200 members of the public sustained some injuries as a result of construction site accidents last year, with 3 of these injuries leading to a fatality.

     

    There are legal frameworks that help in the protection of the public’s welfare and allow anybody that has been the victim of an accident to make a building site accident claim against the company responsible. This, of course, is on the condition that the accident wasn’t their fault.

    Crane Accident Claims

    In the building and construction industry, cranes are incredibly useful pieces of equipment for lifting heavy materials and machinery. Cranes themselves, like the construction sites they operate on, come in a variety of different sizes.

     

    Your employer is legally required to ensure the equipment used is good and fit for purpose. Risk assessments should be undertaken to be satisfied they are safe to use and regular maintenance checks should be carried out. Employees need to hold a driving licence to operate a crane and sufficient training should be provided by employers prior to allowing them to take control.

     

    Cranes, like any piece of construction machinery and equipment, can be incredibly dangerous and as such there are a variety of risks of injury that come with working with them.  Although there is a wide range of different crane accidents that can occur, it is likely that accidents will come under one of the categories outlined below.

     

    Items Falling From The Crane

    An accident may involve items falling down from the crane itself. Depending on the size and weight of the item dropped, and the height that it is dropped from, this kind of accident can have serious consequences. As there is a wide range of different items that cranes are able to lift and move, when they fail, these items can fall too. For instance, a crane being used to lift and move heavy jibs or sections of steel or wood can pose potential risks for damages and injuries when problems occur.

     

    The Crane Toppling Over

    Cranes are designed to handle and lift items of a particular size and weight. This is different from model to model. However, if cranes are operated negligently, either as a result of the crane not being balanced properly, mounted properly or being used to lift heavier weights than they are designed for – this can result in them toppling over. Although this is not particularly common, it does happen, and there have been a few notable cases in the past few years where this kind of crane accident has occurred.

     

    Injury From a Swinging Hook

    Crane accidents can also occur if the heavy hook often used is not tied and secured properly. It can cause serious injuries to any construction workers and considerable damage to whatever it strikes. As well as the swinging hook itself loosening and hitting workers or property, accidents can occur involving anything being actually lifted by it.

     

    Plant Failure Causing the Accident

    As is the case with any workplace machinery, particularly in a construction environment, it is the employer/owner’s responsibility to ensure that all cranes used are kept in good working condition. Inspections, repairs and any other maintenance must be carried out regularly to ensure that construction workers, visitors to the site and any other people within the vicinity of the site are safe. If the employer or owner fails to fulfil these responsibilities, cranes can malfunction and accidents can happen.

     

    Hitting Dangerous Overhead Objects / Powerlines

    This is perhaps the most common types of crane accidents that are likely to occur and can cause considerable personal injury and damage. Although power lines are hard to miss, all it takes is a movement of a crane in the wrong direction to cause an accident. As well as significant damage to the power lines, they can cause damages to the machinery or even electrocution to the crane operator or anyone else in the vicinity. Read more about electric shock claims.

     

    Negligence

    Construction accident prevention should take place before work even begins on a site. Risk assessments should be carried out to ensure any potential risks to workers are identified and measures are taken to prevent accidents. This includes identifying dangerous and problematic obstructions such as power lines located over sites. A working plan should then be put into place that takes these risks into consideration.

    Any individual who works on the crane, such as the operator, and anyone involved in loading items onto it, should be properly trained and possess the appropriate certification of their competency to carry out their duties. Even general construction workers, such as those that are not directly involved in cranes, should be trained to an adequate degree so that they are aware of all the risks associated with them.

    Scaffolding Accident Claims

    When erected and utilised properly, scaffolding is incredibly safe and a far more efficient mode for reaching heights than ladders. Whilst working at heights obviously poses its own risks, scaffolding brings an extra dimension of dangers to construction and building work. This is particularly true when the required safety regulations are not followed. The risks involving scaffolding are not restricted just to construction site workers only. People walking underneath it, or around it, could also be hurt.

     

    Scaffolding companies and/or your employer have a duty to ensure that the equipment used is well maintained, correctly erected and secure at the outset; and that once erected, it is inspected regularly to check it remains secure, is being used correctly, no alterations have been made to the structure and it has not been weakened/damaged following poor weather.

    Electrocuted at Work

    If you have been electrocuted at work due to an unsafe working environment, or in an inadequately protected public place, you may well have a valid claim for electric shock compensation.

    Electrical Shock Injury & What Can You Claim For?

    Under the Health and Safety at Work Act Regulation 1999, your employer has a duty to maintain a safe environment for their employees at all times.  There are 1000’s of cases each year involving people being injured by electricity due to negligence in a workplace environment or in a public place.

     

    If you make direct contact with an electrical current the consequences can be deadly. You may suffer a cardiac arrest, internal damage to your organs and nerves and thermal burns on your skin which may require extensive reconstructive surgery. Some of the common causes of electric shock injury in the workplace include:

     

    • Electrical appliances which are not earthed
    • Underground working or drilling near hidden electrical wiring
    • Operation of machinery which has not been placed on an insulating mat
    • Lack of provision of protective equipment or clothing, for example, rubber-soled shoes
    • Failure to carry out a health and safety risk assessment when working with flammable substances
    • Inadequately maintained electric appliances with exposed wiring
    • Insufficient training in health and safety for your job role
    • Plug sockets located close to sources of water
    • Plug sockets which are overloaded
    • Construction workers installing or working on electrics
    Symptoms of an Electrical Shock

    If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party such as an employer, you have strong grounds for making a compensation claim. There are several types of injury which are connected with receiving an electric shock. These include:

     

    • Burns – electrical shocks can cause thermal burns due to arc flash and blast or electric burns
    • Falls – this type of injury can occur when, for instance, an electrician is working on a task such as wiring which requires the use of a ladder. If they receive an electric shock, they may fall off the ladder and hurt themselves, or even be propelled from the ladder due to the strength of the current
    • Electric shocks – this type of injury is the side effect of having electricity running through the body. Most sufferers experience this in their extremities, although it can cause extreme damage to your internal organs.
    • Electrocution – many people who receive this type of shock die as a result of their injuries

    Farm Accident Claims

    Farming is considered to be one of the most dangerous sectors of industry for employees to work in. Animals, poorly maintained machinery, manual labour, and agricultural vehicles all present a scenario for a farming accident or injury to occur.

    Common Farming Injuries

    Working on a farm can be both considerably dangerous and extremely difficult. Most of the jobs are normally of a physical nature and can often lead to injuries. Some farm accidents can include livestock, for example, an animal kicking or biting you. In some extreme cases, a farm worker may have been trampled on by cows, sheep or any other livestock. Different scenarios may include hurting your back while heavy lifting or being injured by a tractor or other farming equipment.

     

    Whenever you visit a farm, the occupier of the farm has a legal responsibility to make sure that you are safe from harm. However, farming accidents do happen – and in cases where it can be found that the farm was negligent, then you may be able to claim compensation. Common farm injury incidents may include:

     

    • Accidents with the farm’s vehicles such as tractors or quad bikes
    • Falls incurred from high positions / poorly maintained walkways
    • Attacks from a farm animal
    • Injured by machinery or equipment
    Defective or Faulty Equipment

    Farmers have a legal responsibility regarding farm machinery and equipment, and must ensure that their tools are marked with the letters “CE”. This is a mark that indicates that the purchased equipment has been designed and built within the stipulated range of minimum safety requirements as set by the European Union. Farmers should also receive a conformity certificate that further cements the equipment’s safety.

     

    if you have been involved in an accident due to malfunctioning farm equipment, you may be entitled to make a farming accident claim for compensation from the farmer who has employed you. It is also important to note that they can also be found to be guilty of gross negligence should the equipment lack the earlier mentioned “CE” marks.

     

    Likewise, the equipment manufacturers also have a responsibility in providing products that are of good quality. In the event you fall victim to a farm accident that is due to a manufacturing defect in the equipment that you are using, then the claim for compensation should be directed to the equipment’s manufacturer. 

    Industrial Accidents

    The term ‘industrial injury’ can refer to a wide variety of different incidents and claims. Thankfully, in recent years the number of industrial injuries has steadily reduced, mainly in part to stricter health and safety regulations. However, there are still large numbers of accidents in the workplace reported every year.

    Injuries resulting from industrial accidents are more common in industries that use dangerous machinery or equipment and/or require heavy manual labour.

    Falls From Height

    These types of accidents can result in broken bones and other serious injuries. There are strict guidelines outlined by the Work at Height Regulations on the safe use of platforms, scaffolding and ladders. It also features directions for the safe use of automated hoisting equipment and harnesses. When these guidelines are not followed correctly, accidents can happen. If this or something similar has happened to you or a loved one, then call us for expert advice on how we can help you pursue an industrial injury compensation claim & get the justice you deserve.

    Heavy Machinery

    When machinery is not used properly it can become dangerous and they can cause various types of accidents and injuries. These might be crush injuries, lacerations, cuts and other wounds from flying debris.  It would be seen as negligence on the part of the employer if adequate training and safety advice was not provided, not just to the employees operating the machinery but those working in the vicinity too.

    Industrial Statistics

    When it comes to industrial injuries and disease here are the key figures produced by the HSE:

    • 3 million of working people were suffering from work-related ill health (new or long-standing) during 2016/17. Of these, 40% were attributed to stress, depression or anxiety, 39% were attributed to musculoskeletal disorders and 21% were classed as being ‘other types of illness’. In terms of gender, the figures were split 50/50.
    • There were 2,595 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (during 2016)
    • 144 workers were killed at work during the 2017/18 period
    • 609,000 injuries occurred at work (according to the Labour Force Survey)
    • 70,116 injuries were reported under RIDDOR (“Reporting Of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations”)
    • 2 million days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
    • 9 billion estimated costs of injuries and ill health were reported arising directly from current working conditions (during 2015/2016)
    What is Classed as an Industrial Disease or Illness?

    For the purpose of claiming Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, there are currently over 70 different conditions which are classed as being an industrial disease or illness. These include conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (‘COPD’), vibration white finger and most asbestos-related diseases. If you’re not sure whether you’re entitled to claim, simply give us a call and one of our team will gladly help.

    When Are Companies Regarded as Negligent?

    All employers have a legal duty of care towards their employees and therefore must take all the appropriate steps to ensure the risks of injury due to industrial accidents are as low as possible.  As part of this duty, they are expected to observe and follow extensive health and safety guidelines, outlined in these acts:

     

     

    The responsibilities of employers towards their workforce are clearly identified and defined in legislation. Therefore, if employees are involved in an industrial accident and the employer did not follow the legally stipulated guidelines, then the members of staff involved would be eligible to make a claim for industrial injury compensation from the employer.

    Can I Still Claim If The Company Is No Longer Trading?

    Yes. You can still bring a claim against a former employer, even if they’re no longer trading. This is because all employers have to comply with the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969.  This basically means that they had to carry adequate insurance in respect of their employees and more specifically, any future claims that might be brought against them.

     

    What’s more, it doesn’t matter whether you no longer have their contact details as we can quite easily trace your former employer through the Employers’ Liability Tracing Office.

    Repetitive Heavy Lifting Claims

    It’s easy to suffer an injury through lifting a heavy object, especially in the workplace. This is why employers are required by law to provide appropriate manual handling training. Injuries are not just caused by heavy lifting but can also be sustained by pushing, twisting, pulling or from an awkward posture. If you are suffering from an injury caused by any of the above, and you didn’t receive the adequate training, you are able to make a claim for compensation.

    Repetitive Strain Injury Claims

    Regardless of industry type, all employers across the UK owe their employees a standard duty of care and this is more specifically covered by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. If you believe that you’re suffering from repetitive strain injury due to your working conditions then it’s important you tell your employer as soon as possible, reasons being:

    • Firstly, your employer has a legal duty to make any reasonable adjustments that might be necessary in order to alleviate the problem (such as adjustments to your workstation or by allowing you to take sufficient breaks).
    • Secondly, they should also report your injury through their company’s health and safety procedure – for example, by reporting your injury in their accident book and then ensuring that you receive appropriate medical treatment and advice.
    What are the Symptoms of Repetitive Strain Injury?

    According to the NHS website, repetitive strain injury can be described as a “…general term used to describe pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse.”

     

    Of course (and as with any other injury type) symptoms tend to vary between each individual, although the most likely signs to look out for with repetitive strain injury (or “RSI”) are general aches and pains, stiffness, tingling, numbness and cramp-like sensations in either the forearms, elbows, wrists and hands.  That said, repetitive strain injury can also affect the neck and shoulders too so if you’re in any doubt whatsoever then it’s certainly advisable to seek medical advice as soon as possible.  Unfortunately, if left untreated, symptoms of RSI can quickly lead to localised swelling which could then remain for weeks or even months. For more info on the symptoms & dealing with RSI visit RSI Action.

    Injured In A Work Vehicle

    Due to the nature of the working environment, those working in logistics are one of the most frequent groups of workers we represent an employer’s liability compensation claims. Claims involving couriers/delivery drivers, van and lorry/HGV drivers are common due to spending long periods of time on the road and the necessity to manage potentially heavy or hazardous goods.

    Driving a lorry or HGV obviously comes with risks, but your employer is responsible for your safety during the course of your employment. As such, those risks should be minimised by having the correct training and procedures in place to prevent an accident occurring.

    Scenarios Employer May Have Been Negligent

    There are many different scenarios in which your employer may have been negligent and as with most types of claim, no two employer’s liability cases are the same. Generally, however, in cases involving employed drivers, the failure of the employer can often be linked to one of the below areas. Our expert accident at work team is here to provide you with advice and assistance regarding:

     

    • Inadequate safety checks
    • Faulty / inadequate equipment
    • Inadequate training for use of loading equipment (g forklift trucks) or hydraulic loading ramps
    • Unsafe environment
    • Failure to provide protective equipment
    • Failure to provide adequate training
    • Unsafe load
    • Manual handling, repetitive or heavy lifting
    • Industrial disease claims e.g contact with vermin or exposure to harmful substances

     

    If we have not mentioned the accident or injury that you have suffered, this does not mean you do not have a claim.

    Lorry or HGV Driver Road Accident

    Whilst the load a lorry or HGV is carrying may make certain situations more dangerous, the drivers of these vehicles are also at risk of being involved in the same types of accidents as other road users.  Common occurrences of road traffic accidents include driver impairment such as fatigue or illness, tailgating, failure to look properly, driver distraction (e.g mobile phones), vehicle safety and adverse weather conditions.

    Your Responsibilities As An Employee

    Just as employers are bound by regulations to protect their workforce, it is reasonable to expect that employees will take certain necessary steps to ensure their own safety in the workplace. Areas in which employees must follow the guidance of their employer include:

     

    • Carrying out tasks in the way that they have been trained
    • Attending training when arranged
    • Taking the breaks required of them by law (driving hours rules)
    • Obeying rules of the place in which they work

    Why Choose Smith Jones?

    Established in 1988, Smith Jones solicitors have a long history in dealing with all types of personal injury claims resulting from workplace accidents. As accredited personal injury solicitors, we can be relied upon to handle your case most sensitively and efficiently.

    Thanks to our expertise and commitment to our clients, we can offer you the support and rehabilitation necessary to get your life back to normal. Most of our work injury claims are funded through no win no fee arrangements, so you can rest assured that there will be no costs to pay upfront and no financial risk. Should your compensation claim be successful, your legal fees will are subtracted from the amount that you receive.

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