If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer an accident in the workplace, then you may be able to make a “no win, no fee” claim. If it can be established that someone else is responsible for your injury, such as your employer, a colleague, or a company performing work at your place of work, then you have the basis of a claim for compensation.
Your Employer’s Responsibilities
Your employer is obligated by law to provide a safe and healthy environment in which you can work. Your employer is bound to constantly assess the risks that exist in the workplace. Your employer must always provide appropriate training and where necessary the correct and suitable equipment to help you perform your duties safely. Your employer is also under a duty to properly maintain the work environment and the equipment you use to ensure that it remains safe at all times.
Health and safety legislation has significantly increased the level of protection open to employees. There are numerous written laws designed to prevent accidents in the workplace and any breach of these regulations can cause accidents with undesirable consequences.
What should I do if I have an accident at work?
In the event you are unfortunate enough to suffer an accident at work then we would recommend that you do the following:-
- Report your accident to your supervisor or manager as quickly as possible.
- Make sure that an accurate description of the accident is written in the work accident book. Your employer is legally required to keep an accident book and you should check any entries as it may be important evidence in your case.
- If possible, take photographs and prepare a sketch of the accident area, and any equipment that was involved.
- Ensure you take the contact details of any witnesses to the accident.
- Try to find out if there have been any similar accidents or any complaints that may be relevant to your accident.
- Seek medical advice from your GP or hospital.
- Keep a record of any expenses incurred by you.
- Always seek legal advice before agreeing anything with your employer or their representative regarding the accident.
Will I be dismissed if I make a claim?
When people consider making a claim against their employer, they are often concerned that they will be dismissed or treated badly. We can however assure you that your employer is not permitted to terminate your employment or abuse you just because you have made a claim against them. Your employer should have appropriate insurance in place which is designed to cover them in the event any of their employees are injured due to their negligence or a breach of statutory duty. You should therefore appreciate that your employer’s insurers will cover any claim, and not your employer’s directly.