Workplace injuries are very common, and sustaining a serious injury at work can be distressing. Further stress can be suffered due to the financial strain of requiring long periods of time off work due to serious injuries sustained in an accident at work, particularly for those who have bills to pay and family’s to care for. If you have been seriously injured at work as the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
Your Employer’s Duty to Prevent a Serious Injury at Work
There any many different types of employment law, and health and safety at work law which place a legal duty of care on all employers to provide safe working conditions, and systems of work for all staff. Under these duties, you employer should provide:
- A safe working environment, free from hazards and defects
- Safe working equipment
- Appropriate training for all tasks
- Sufficient and appropriate personal protective equipment
- Sufficient and appropriate equipment to help employees carry out tasks
Most serious injuries at work arise as the result of an employer’s failure to comply with what is expected of them under their duty. If you have suffered an accident at which has resulted in serious injuries, contact Beacon Law to find out if you could make a claim.
Common Examples of Serious Injury at Work
A serious injury at work can happen in any type of employment, from working on a building site, to working in an office or supermarket. The most common types of serious injuries sustained at work are:
Brain and Head Injuries – These are often the result of being struck by falling objects, slips, trips, and falls, and falling from height accidents.
Crush Injuries, Amputations, and Nerve Damage – These type of serious injuries are common for those who work around machinery, such as in factories and warehouses, although they could happen in any place of work. They may arise as the result of faulty machinery, a lack of PPE, or a lack of training on the use of specific machines.
Serious Burns – A burn injury could result in serious scarring, infection, or even amputation. These injuries often arise as a result of a lack of PPE, faulty equipment, or lack of training.
Spinal Cord Injuries – This type of injury may be caused by falling from height, or any slip, trip, or fall at work.
More information and examples of serious injures can be found within the Catastrophic Injuries section on our website.
What to Do If You Sustain a Serious Injury at Work
If you have sustained a serious injury at work, you should always seek urgent medical attention to have your injuries assessed and treated. You should also report the accident to the health and safety officer, or a manager at work and ensure that they log details of the accident in an accident book.
If there were any witnesses to your accident, you should try to obtain their contact details so that we can request a witness statement from them, if required. Take photographs of the scene of the accident, or the equipment that caused your injuries. We may also require photographs of your injuries.
If you decide that you would like to make an accident claim for your injuries, get in touch with Beacon Law.
Making a Claim for a Serious Injury at Work
If you or a loved one would like to make a claim following a serious injury at work, Beacon Law can assist you with your claim. We will discuss the circumstances of your accident and the injuries you sustained before we notify your employer of the claim. The claim will be brought against your employer who should have adequate employer’s liability insurance in place to deal with your claim.
We will keep you updated and provide specialist legal advice the whole way through your claim. If we can establish that your employer has been negligent, we will fight for the right amount of compensation for your injuries.
Why Choose Beacon Law to Assist with Your Serious Injury at Work Claim?
Beacon Law are a specialist firm of personal injury solicitors with years of experience in dealing with serious injury at work claims. Our friendly staff treat each injured person with the respect and compassion they deserve throughout their case, whilst providing a high level of professionalism.
If you have suffered a serious work-related injury, please complete the online contact form and a specialist Solicitor will contact you to discuss your case. Alternatively, you can contact us on 0330 1332 857.