What is an industrial accident?
Certain industries have higher risk factors than others, therefore, certain job roles will carry a great risk than others. For example careers such as construction workers, warehouse and factory workers have a greater risk than that of an office worker.
However, in any industry, there are always risks. It is the duty of your employer to ensure you are not put at risk and that your health and safety are protected. So if you have been injured at work due to your employer’s negligence then you could be entitled to compensation.
Industrial Injuries/Illnesses Include:
- Hearing loss and industrial deafness
- Vibration white finger (white finger / hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS))
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- Respiratory illness claims
- Industrial skin diseases
These types of injuries/illnesses can have life-changing consequences affecting not only your health but your ability to work as well. We know compensation cannot undo the changes that have been made as a result of your accident, but it can go towards getting you back on the right track. Contact our legal advice team now and see how we can help you.
Under the UK law, employers must ensure you are as safe as possible while at work, they are also responsible for reporting serious incidents under Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (RIDDOR).
If you’re thinking about making a claim after an industrial accident then contact our team today. Making a claim can help in many ways after an accident including helping with your recovery and financial expenses caused as a result of your injury.
Not only can your claim help your personal situation but it will also lead to the health and safety improvement at your employer’s premises so you and your colleagues will have a safer environment to work in.
If you want to find out more about making a claim or what an industrial accident is then to contact our legal advice team today on 08000 250 250 or fill out our online form. We can provide free no-obligation advice and answer any questions you may have. Want to make a claim, our solicitors have years of experience with a proven success rate and we can get your claim set up today.
How does an industrial accident happen?
It is a normal assumption, that when we go to work, our employer has taken every necessary step to ensure the safety of us and our colleagues. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and industrial accidents and other workplace accidents for that matter are very common.
Due to the UK law, there are many policies that should be put in place to protect your health and safety, however, you remain at risk when your employer fails to abide by the rules. There are various ways in which an industrial accident can occur, for example:
- Lifting, carrying heavy items without the correct training can result in anything from a minor to a severe injury
- Slip, trip or fall, often due to a wet floor with no sign, items left lying around or tripping over wires
- Poor training, training is required in any type of role especially when dealing with machines and chemicals
- Lack of “Personal Protective Equipment”, it is your employer’s responsibility to supply employees with the correct equipment, an accident is more probable to occur if they fail to do so
- Vehicle accidents, in order for an employee to safely drive for example a forklift truck, they must undertake the relevant training and the vehicle must undergo regular maintenance checks
- Machine defects/failure, by law, all electrical equipment must be PAT tested, failing to do this as frequently as advised by a professional can result in electric shocks amongst other injuries
If you have had an accident and not sure if it is an industrial accident or just have more questions, then contact our legal advice team today on 08000 250 250 or fill out our online form. Our team is trained to deal with all your queries and if you’re happy to proceed, we can get your claim set up today.
What will happen to my job if I make a claim?
This is a common concern amongst people initiating a personal compensation claim for a workplace accident.
It is actually illegal for an employer to terminate an employment contract with an employee, or even discipline an employee if they have been injured at work and process a personal compensation claim against them. However unlikely, if you do lose your job as a result of processing a personal compensation claim, then you’ll have a legal right to take action against your employer.
Where will my compensation come from? Will my employer have to pay?
Don’t worry, making a claim won’t mean your employer will have any financial pressure and they will not be left out-of-pocket.
Your employer should have “liability insurance”, this means that if an employee is injured at work, they are covered.
This means your compensation will be paid by the insurance company providing the policy and will not be taken directly from your employer.
I had an accident/diagnosis within the last three years, but my company no longer exist, can I still claim?
As long as your employer held a valid liability insurance policy at the time of your accident and the insurance company can be traced, then you can still make a claim.
If you want to find out more about claiming and who is responsible for paying your compensation, then contact our team today.
How much compensation will I get?
Every case has its individual circumstances. Therefore, there is no set amount so we cannot tell you how much you will receive at this stage. However, our claim compensation calculator can give you an estimate so you can have a bit of a guideline.
While money cannot turn back the time it can help to ensure you can get back on the right track helping ease additional stresses such as paying bills when out of work, supporting your family and paying additional expenses caused as a result of your injury.
Our solicitors have years of experience and specialise in these types of claims; they will take into account all expenses that have been caused due to your injury.