Before pursuing a personal injury compensation claim for an accident at work, you will need to demonstrate that your injuries were the result of negligence on the part of your employer. It is the employee's responsibility to alert your employer to any accidents which take place while you're working. The actions of your co workers who cause the accidents which resulted in the injury are the responsibility of your employer. Remember, your employer cannot terminate your employment for making a legitimate personal injury compensation claim. Any details regarding the series of events leading to the accident must be correctly entered into the accident Book. However, if you are unsure about your rights and what you can claim for, we will be more than happy to discuss your situation for free.
Slips, trips and falls in the workplace Many cases involving a trip, slip or fall at work are caused by the employer's failure to comply with current safety standards in respect of hazards. In the work environment this is the employers' responsibility to provide the proper guidelines and signage to insure against such injuries. However, if you've been unfortunate enough to still suffer from an injury in the workplace you can make a personal injury compensation claim your employer.
They have an obligation to ensure that the work environment is hazard free and safe. Lifting injuries at work Have you had an injury at work as a result of lifting? Your employer must ensure that you have had the proper training and equipment to safeguard their employees against these types of accidents. They have an obligation to ensure that the work environment is hazard free and safe.
A personal injury compensation claim may be sought in light of a dispute between you and your employer. If you do decide to take this option, expert legal advice is needed. Equipment at work Poorly managed or maintained equipment, together with inadequately trained staff can all be factors which lead to accidents involving machinery at work. In order to log legitimate personal injury compensation claim, all these factors will be taken into account.
Whatever the circumstances surrounding your accident, you should consult with a solicitor trained in employment law. Please give us a call & we'll be happy to help. Industrial Disease Industrial diseases may not appear immediately and the symptoms may develop later on.
However, in the working environment people can be affected and can sometimes be classed as industrial disease. Normally a personal injury compensation claim should be made within three years from the date of the cause of injury or illness. This time limit may be extended if you unaware of the cause of your symptoms until further down the line.
Accidents in a public place The safety of all the public and visitors to privately owned land or property is the responsibly of those individuals. Insurance is in place for the most part to ensure that any injured parties are able to make a personal injury compensation claim in the event of an injury. Slips, trips and falls in a public place Was your accident caused by a defect on a path or pavement? This is becoming increasingly more common. An obstacle or pothole out of place can cause an injury enabling you to bring a personal injury compensation claim against those responsible for maintaining the path or pavement - typically the council. Unfortunately, if you were to some degree responsible for causing your injuries, it is unlikely that you will be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.
However, slips and falls can often be the cause of some of the most painful injuries. Accidents in shops and restaurants Shop premises at all times need to be free from any slipping hazards. This is the responsibility of the owner; managers. A wet floor due to spillage or unfinished cleaning must be properly signed and erected to alert members of the public to the hazard.
If you have suffered an accident due in your local supermarket or shopping centre then you may be entitle to make a personal injury compensation claim Faulty goods and product liability These cases arise out of situations where products are defective and cause injury as a result of the defect. Have you been injured as a result of purchasing a standard consumer product which is defective? You may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim from the manufacturer/supplier as well as individuals/companies through whom the goods may have passed. Whiplash injuries Suffered a whiplash injury in an accident? You must seek medical advice as soon as possible. Normally your doctor, or if it's more serious, the Accident and Emergency department of your local Hospital. As part of your claim assessment, the medical record of your injury will used. It is therefore important that your injury is documented as soon as possible after you're aware of any symptoms.
Sports Accidents Sports injury cases can occur during the game, where an injury occurs on the field of play. This can be due to the reckless actions of an opponent, the failure of an official to apply the rules of the game, or a similar incident. We can advise on any concerns or queries you have in regards to putting forward a personal injury compensation claim.
Road accidents .account for a large number of all accidents and personal injury compensation claims in the UK. Drivers of all vehicles are required by law to have some level of insurance. These typically are Fully Comprehensive, Third Party Fire and Theft or Third Party only. These are in place to provide adequate protection for those involved in an accident. A driver's negligence can often lead to a third party suffering a personal injury as a result and may need to place a personal injury compensation claim.
This can be whether or not the driver's negligence has escalated to a police prosecution. The MIB (Motor Insurers Bureau) exists to provide cover if it is discovered that a negligent driver had inadequate or no insurance at the time of the accident. In such cases, you may still be able to bring forward a personal injury compensation claim. Road accidents involving cyclists A personal injury compensation claim can be presented if a cyclist is involved in an accident where a third party is at fault. This may be brought against the offending third party.
You may also be able to recuperate any loss or damage to your bicycle and clothing as well as loss of earnings. In addition, obtain compensation for your injuries by you starting a personal injury compensation claim. Road accidents involving pedestrians If a pedestrian can demonstrate their injuries were caused solely or in some way by a third party, they may be able to obtain compensation through a claim for their injuries.
If as a pedestrian involved in an accident you are held partly to blame, you may still be entitled so some level of compensation. The Claims Master Group will be happy to advise you on any personal injury compensation claim. Road accidents involving animals Owners of livestock such as cattle or horses are duty bound to the safety of road users by maintaining adequate levels of security in respect of their livestock.
Unfortunately, animals do stray onto the road and can cause accidents. If it can be shown that the owner of an animal involved in an accident neglected their duty to maintain a safe environment for road users, a personal injury compensation claim for damages may be brought against them. Road accidents involving passengers A successful personal injury compensation claim for damages can almost always be obtained where a passenger has suffered injuries as a result of a road traffic accident.
In these situations, passengers are generally regarded as blameless. Usually they are casualties who have suffered as a result of someone else's negligence. Wearing seat belts are of utmost importance and if this is not the case it may affect the level of damages obtained. Road accidents involving drivers In most cases it is often another driver that has under some circumstances caused an, or it may have been due to the negligent actions of another. A driver can make a personal injury compensation claim for loss and injuries if someone else can be proven to be held responsible.
Roads not being gritted causing icy and hazardous conditions, can all lead to a personal injury compensation claim against the party responsible for maintaining the roads. Even if the party at fault may not have proper insurance cover, a personal injury compensation claim can still made. However, in these circumstances it is in your interests to seek legal advice. .
By: Julian Hall