Accidents at Work Questions

 

How do I know if my employer’s Health and Safety rules are correct?

Every employer must ensure their workplace is safe for their employees to use. However, while the burden of responsibility is on the employer, it is also important to note that you, as the employee, have responsibilities. If you are unsure whether your employer is following the right health and safety rules, it is a good idea to find out more about workplace health and safety.
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Will a work accident claim affect my future employment prospects?

If you’ve suffered an illness or injury, and the circumstances which brought this about were caused by someone else’s negligence, then it’s only right and fair that you should be in a position to claim compensation. Not only will this reimburse you for any expenses incurred via your predicament, but it will also help to restore your sense of fairness and of justice being done. After all, you’ve already suffered because of the mistakes of another, so why should you go on suffering into the future?
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What evidence will I need to back up my work injury claim?

Any successful claim for compensation consists of two basic elements. The first of these is that it has to be shown that some kind of injury has been sustained. In the case of workplace compensation this ‘injury’ could take the form of the immediate effects of something like a trip or fall, or a condition or illness brought about by poor working conditions over the longer term. The second aspect of the claim, and often the more complicated, is to demonstrate that the accident or illness was caused by the negligence of another party, in this case your employer.
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Will a compensation claim leave my employer out of pocket?

When you work for a living it’s only right that you should be able to take certain things for granted. The first of these, of course, is that you receive an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, in a manner which recognises your skills and the effort you put in. Secondly, however, it’s vital that the environment in which you work should be as safe as possible. You spend a huge percentage of your life in your place of employment and any problems with the likes of poor air quality, faulty equipment or insufficient rest breaks could prove highly detrimental to your health. Over and above this it’s imperative that you should be able to move around freely and safely without risking trips or falls on the likes of loose cables, wet floors or torn carpeting.
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Can I claim compensation for illness caused by my work?

Often, when hearing or reading the phrase ‘accident at work’, people assume it refers to a one-off incident such as an accident with a piece of equipment or a trip over some loose wiring. The truth, however, is that many work based compensation claims arise as a result of conditions which build up over many years. It’s the responsibility of your employer to see to it that the environment in which you work is one which will not prove detrimental to your health. If they fail in this duty of care then they’ve let you down badly and it’s only right that you should be able to seek compensation.
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How long after my injury can I make a claim?

If you suffer an injury at work and it wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to claim for damages. However, there is a strict time limit in which to make your claim. Generally speaking, this is three years from the date of the accident, after which you are unable claim any compensation. While three years may seem like a sufficient amount of time, it is important to start the process as soon as possible in order to ensure that you can obtain the relevant evidence and information needed to make a successful claim for compensation.
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How would my employer pay for my claim?

Many people worry about making a personal injury claim against their employer. Part of this concern is that they are concerned that the cost of a claim may hurt their employer financially, especially if it is only a small business. However, this is not the case. All employers, large or small, are required to have insurance to cover them for accident claims and similar occurrences, which means that if you make a claim for personal injury, your employer’s insurance company will cover the costs and not your employer.
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I hurt my back lifting at work, can I claim compensation?

Back injuries are the most common work-related injuries in the UK. Each year, a quarter of million people hurt their backs while at work, and one of the most common causes for an injured back is lifting. Often a back injury can be the fault of the employer. This is because employers have an obligation to see that employees who are expected to lift objects in the course of their work can do so safely and without risk of injury. If employers fail in this obligation then somebody who injures their back at work can claim compensation.
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What rights do I have while making an accident at work claim?

A lot of people who suffer an injury at work are reluctant to make a claim for fear of upsetting their employer. However, if you are among the 1.2 million people who suffer an injury or illness at work, you have the right to claim damages to compensate you for any pain, suffering and financial losses caused by an accident if wasn’t your fault. In making a claim, the law also offers protection to prevent your employer from dismissing you or otherwise acting unfairly.
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Can I make a no win no fee accident at work claim?

The ‘No Win No Fee’ system was set up in such a way as to open up the possibility of compensation to everyone, regardless of their financial situation at the time of the accident. In the past, taking legal action of this kind was an expensive gamble: if you won, then you’d have to pay a large chunk of your compensation in fees to your own solicitor, whereas if you were unlucky enough to lose, then you’d be faced with a large bill for the other sides’ legal costs. The No Win No Fee system, on the other hand, means that the only consideration you have to make is whether you are in fact eligible for compensation.
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