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Everything You Need to Know About Claims for Accidents at Work
The vast majority of workplaces are usually safe environments for people to work. However, accidents can happen – whether it be in an office, building site, shop floor or warehouse –and people can be injured as a result.
Employers have a duty to take reasonable care for your health and safety during your working hours. This duty extends to cover areas beyond your employer’s premises. Employers are also responsible for the actions or failures of their employees in the course of their employment, should this contribute to or result in an accident at work.
What is an Accident at Work?
An accident at work is when someone is injured or becomes ill in their place of employment through no fault of their own. For example:
- Slips, trips, and falls – due to wet floors, faulty apparatus or loose cables.
- Long term illnesses – these could be physical illnesses, such as a repetitive strain injury, or psychological illnesses, such as work-related stress or depression.
- Manual handling injuries – such as from performing heavy lifting.
- Accidents occurring as a result of not being provided with adequate safety equipment.
When Can I Claim?
You are entitled to claim compensation for a work accident injury regardless of whether you were working as a full-time or part-time employee, a temporary worker, a self-employed contractor or if you were merely visiting a business when the accident occurred.
Many employees are apprehensive about claiming against their employer as they fear it could have negative consequences for their employment. However, in reality, there is no need to worry as there are stringent laws in place to protect you and employers don’t have a right to dismiss someone who is making a claim against them or to treat them unfairly in any way. In fact, employers are required by law to have Employers Liability insurance cover to protect people from incidents in the workplace, and so in most workplace accident cases the claim for compensation is brought against the employer’s insurance company directly and not the employer at all.
It is also important that the employer was at fault for the accident. If you are unsure who was at fault in causing an accident, then speak to one of our experienced Personal Injury Solicitors in Portsmouth today.
There are strict time limits that apply when seeking to make a claim for an accident at work and so it is extremely important to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible to discuss your potential claim. If you fail to meet these time limits then your case could be time-barred, so this is extremely important.
Make a Claim for an Accident at Work with our Personal Injury Lawyers Portsmouth Now
Accident Claims Portsmouth are experts in personal injury matters and will be able to give expert advice on whether you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers can talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will happily answer any questions or queries you may have. Contact our legal team through the contact form on the right-hand side of each page, or call us directly on 02392807500
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