Every year hundreds of thousands of accidents occur at work. These might involve heavy lifting or inadequate training on how to lift, using defective equipment or machinery or it could be another employee’s error.
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury as a result of an accident at work, you may be entitled to make a work accident compensation claim. Our specialist team of injury claim lawyers can help you every step of the way.
Your employer has a duty to provide you with a safe place of work at all times and to ensure, through different safety rules and regulations, that you are safe whilst at work. If they breach these rules and you suffer from a workplace personal injury as a result, please call us today for advice on what to do next.
If your job involves any form of lifting, be it boxes, crates or even other people; your employer should provide you with appropriate training on how to lift. Often items can be heavy, too big or awkward to lift or carry and it is your employer’s duty under the law to ensure that the lifting you do is both safe and kept to the lowest level possible in the circumstances. It is not always possible to avoid lifting altogether but if you feel that your employer has not fulfilled its duties, you may be entitled to pursue a work accident compensation claim.
Sadly, thousands of workers every year sustain a back injury as a result of a lifting or manual handling task that they are required to do as part of their job. These types of injuries can be extremely painful and very debilitating. Whilst back injuries are the most common part of the body to be hurt, shoulders and necks can also be injured. If you have suffered any of these injuries, call us today for free, impartial advice.
Falls from height
Despite efforts to ensure that workers are safe at work, falls from height claims still occur every year.
Falls from height include ladders, scaffolding, cranes, roofs or any raised surface. An employer has various statutory duties that they are bound by in order to safeguard their workers. These duties include for example; providing proper training on the use of ladders, ensuring that there are clear risk assessments on the construction and use of equipment such as scaffolding towers and cranes as well as ensuring that every employee is safe while they are at work and carrying out potentially dangerous jobs.
You may feel reluctant to make a claim against your existing employer but please rest assured that most employers realise that a claim will be made against them when they are at fault and that by law they will have insurance to cover them against this risk. Your employment status will not be affected by making a claim.
If you or someone you know has fallen from a ladder, roof or scaffolding tower, call our personal injury specialists for simple and straightforward advice.
Building and construction site claims
Unfortunately, construction site and building site accidents are quite common in the UK. This is because the very nature of the work and the equipment used can be dangerous. Employers in these types of businesses are well aware of the rules and regulations that they are supposed to comply with but unfortunately for some, accidents still occur, especially when human error is involved.
The most common types of accidents involve:
- Falls from ladders and scaffolding towers
- Defective equipment such as fault scaffolding or inadequately erected towers
- Uncovered manholes
- Faulty electrical equipment
- Crane accidents
- Sole workers when it was a two-man job
- Falls from roofs
- Safety harness not used or fail to work properly
- Chemical and other burns
- Forklift, bulldozers and dumper truck accidents
- Falling through holes or inadequately constructed floors
There are many more types of accidents that occur on building and construction sites. If you have been injured as a result of a similar type of accident, you may be able to bring a workplace personal injury claim against your employer and/or the main contractor on site.
Due to the nature of these accidents it is sadly a fact that many workers suffer quite nasty and painful injuries. These may include:
- Fractures to legs, knees, arms, neck and shoulders
- Head and brain injuries
- Back and spinal injuries
- Injuries to feet and hands
- Facial injuries, including chipped and broken teeth
Do not delay; call our experienced and dedicated personal injury solicitors and legal executives today for a free initial consultation.
Defective protective equipment / machine work equipment
Personal protective equipment such as masks, goggles, gloves, boots and helmets are issued by employers for their employees every year in order for workers to carry out day to day tasks in safety. Many employees are also required to use machinery/equipment to carry out their job but in some instances these machines or protective equipment can be faulty; not fit for purpose; not well maintained; in need of repair or used without proper instruction/training.
If you have been injured whilst using personal protective equipment or machinery and you believe that your employer was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
Dutton Gregory’s specialist personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of workers over the years with their claims. Accidents involving machinery or personal protective equipment can cause serious, complicated and life threatening injuries. These injuries can be devastating for both the injured person and their family.
Pursuing a personal injury claim is not just about receiving compensation for the actual injury but also for the financial losses both now and in the future. It is extremely important to ensure that where possible, the injured person obtains the maximum compensation he or she is entitled to; to ensure that he/she is financially secure either in the short or long term.
Dutton Gregory offers advice under no win no fee agreements to ensure peace of mind. Our experience and skill guarantees that our advice to you is second to none.
We will fight your case and do all we can to make the claim as stress free as possible. Our friendly, approachable and sympathetic personal injury claims specialists are on hand to guide you through these difficult stages.
Contact Dutton Gregory Specialist Accident at Work lawyers today on our freephone telephone number 0800 0901499 to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.