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Work Place Injury Claims

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Workplace Injury Compensation Claims

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If you’ve been injured as a result of an accident at your workplace then you could be entitled to compensation. Whether you were working as a full or part-time employee or even if you were just visiting a business location when the accident occurred you are eligible to make a claim. Our expert work accident injury solicitors and legal team will be delighted to offer further information and can advise whether you have a claim and are entitled to No Win No Fee compensation. Please call our specialists today on 020 3510 0995 to arrange a free consultation.

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Types of Workplace Injury

Workplace injuries or accidents can occur at any location ranging from offices to larger sites such as warehouses, factories or construction sites. Common injuries include:

In line with Health and Safety legislation and regulations, employers have a legal obligation to make workplaces safe for employees. Unfortunately, workplace accidents can and do happen, ranging from inconvenience and minor injuries to more severe consequences. Construction and factory accidents are surprisingly commonplace, for instance.

A crucial part of accident prevention involves warning staff, contractors and other visitors to the site about the possible hazards. Well-placed signs should give the necessary information about the risks and dangers in the area, such as vehicle movements, dangerous loads, heavy weights and toxic or inflammable chemicals.

Health and Safety Recommendations

Health and Safety recommendations also require employers to inform employees about all the possible risks to which they may be exposed at work. Information should be in writing and easily accessible, such as on a staff notice board. Alternatively, some employers advise their employees of such risks and the best prevention action to take during staff training. Risk assessments, training and precautions should all form part of workplace safety policy to prevent injuries.

Reducing Risk

To reduce the risk of workplace accidents and mitigate the effects of those that do occur, the availability and correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and special workplace clothing is essential. In particular, tool injuries may result from a lack of training or a failure to supply or wear the designated safety clothing and accessories. Protective workwear includes safety goggles for the eyes, as well as workshop or lab coats and overalls.

In places of work, temporary slip risks including wet floors should be highlighted, as well as permanent hazards such as high voltage electrical cabinets, compressors and compressed air piping. Careful attention is necessary where there is heavy machinery or frequent traffic. The use of high visibility (HV) clothing is a relatively inexpensive and straightforward precaution to put into effect, but which nonetheless plays a significant role in preventing truck accidents and workplace injuries.

In working areas with forklift traffic such as work yards or warehouses, accidents can be minimised through the use of bright reflective over-vests, so that the wearers are much more visible. Also, the careful placement of mirrors near corners reduces blind spots and the possibility of forklift truck accidents. Further safety measures include striped hazard labelling tape to highlight tricky corners or obtruding structures.

Similarly, warehouse and other storage shelf systems are also subject to safety guidelines because top-heavy or over-stacked shelving is dangerous. Here, too, helmets prevent head injuries either when there a risk of falling objects if goods are stored at height, or when working in confined spaces with limited overhead clearance.

On building sites, workplace head injuries due to construction accidents can be reduced by ensuring that all workers, visitors and other on-site personnel wear protective safety helmets. Additionally, functional safety harnesses are necessary if working at height and where there is a risk of falling from scaffolding. Access to scaffold structures at construction sites should be controlled, with unauthorised usage prohibited. Similarly, to reduce the likelihood of injury due to accidents, rubbish chutes require appropriate warning signs to be on clear display.

With heavy machinery, personal safety equipment and appropriate workwear are as essential as proper training. As well as work boots or shoes with reinforced metal toecaps to prevent toe injuries from crushing, goggles and glasses provide vital eye protection. In some industrial processes, sturdy waterproof gloves (of the type which are resistant to piercing and sharp edges) will be necessary. Agricultural workers also need to follow recommended safety procedures to reduce the injury risks associated with farm machinery, such as rotating blades and cherry picker accidents due to toppling or problems with the machinery boom.

Other considerations that are advisable to prevent workplace injuries and ease workflow include using wheeled hand trolleys or pallet trolleys with hydraulic assistance for moving heavy weights, as well as the appropriate use of safety signs to display maximum loads and the correct lifting procedures.

How much you can claim will depend on a number of factors related to the injury received. Some of those factors are listed below:

  • Degree of pain, suffering and ongoing problems caused by your injury
  • Loss of earnings from being unable to work / return to work
  • Support and care that you need now and in the future related to your injury
  • Support for modifications made to your home
  • Specialist mobility equipment required

The first thing to do is to get in touch with us so we can provide a free consultation and discuss your case. We can quickly work out if you have a claim by asking a few questions. We will also let you know if you will benefit from a No win no fee arrangement. If after your free consultation you decide to proceed with a compensation claim we will proceed with the stages below.

Investigation Stage
We need to determine the extent of your injury and any monetary losses directly related to your injury / illness. It may be necessary to have a medical examination carried out to accurately identify your injury and asses your suffering.

Compensation Calculation
We will calculate how much compensation you are likely to receive from a successful claim taking into account the various factors associated with your injury including loss of income, pain and suffering, medical expenses and future expenses including future care and specialists equipment and any modifications necessary to your home. We then will put this amount to your opponent and they have two options. Accept the claim, or contest the claim.

Conclusion
If your opponent accepts then you will be awarded the compensation due. If they do not accept the claim then the next phase will be court proceedings. Please not this does not always mean a case goes to trial it simply means a court takes over management of the case where an opponent still has the opportunity to settle your claim. If you have to go to court rest assured we will be with you every step of the way. And remember if we agreed to handle your claim under a no win no fee agreement then you will not have to pay anything if your claim was unsuccessful.

As with almost all compensation claims of this type you have three years from the date of the injury / illness caused to start a claim. Sometimes there are exceptions, for example people unable to make their own legal decisions such as children or adults unable to make there own legal decisions.

In the case of defective medical equipment / products a claim must also be made within 10 years of that product going into circulation. This cannot be extended. Time limits are always on a case by case basis. We can of course help identify this when investigating your claim.

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Tool Injuries

Workers who use hydraulic and power drill equipment are at risk from the effects of vibration. Pneumatic drills and other vibrating tools can cause three types of injury: vascular (circulatory), neurological and musculoskeletal. If you are at risk of vibrating injury because your job involves using pneumatic tools such as power drills, your employer should limit the effects by managing exposure and arranging regular employee medical check-ups.

HAVS ( HandArm Vibration Syndrome )

Hand-arm vibration (also known as HAVS), vibration white finger or whole body vibration syndromes are examples of injuries that the vibration from pneumatic tools can cause. Furthermore, a condition known as Reynaud’s syndrome can be brought on by repetitive actions and vibration, such as jackhammers. The syndrome affects arterial circulation in the limbs and the fingers or toes, with an adverse effect on sensation.

If you notice weakness, tiredness, discomfort or tenderness in the parts of the body mentioned that continues for more than a few days, it is advisable to consult your doctor or a specialist who will be able to check the symptoms, confirm the diagnosis and offer medical advice and treatment. Employment history has shown that individuals who might otherwise have been able to make a continued contribution to the workplace and their respective companies have sometimes, unfortunately, had little option other than to retire early, due to the disabling effects.

If you think you may have been affected by these risks and are suffering from the symptoms described, we suggest you consult your general practitioner and contact us. If adequate safeguards were not available to you at the time, you might be able to claim compensation for workplace injury through a specialist solicitor.

Team Building & Staff Development Injury Claims

Finally, on staff training and development courses, team-building events often include practical tasks to develop the problem-solving abilities of the participants. Team building exercises are often quite physical and, therefore, involve the risk of mishaps and injuries. Sometimes, sprains and torn ligaments occur – even when adhering to safety precautions. An awareness of the risks helps to reduce the dangers associated with these outward-bound types of team building exercise.

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What Are Your Employers Responsibilities?

A crucial part of accident prevention involves warning staff, contractors and other visitors to the site about the possible hazards. Well-placed signs should give the necessary information about the risks and dangers in the area, such as vehicle movements, dangerous loads, heavy weights and toxic or inflammable chemicals.

Health and Safety recommendations also require employers to inform employees about all the possible risks to which they may be exposed at work. Information should be in writing and easily accessible, such as on a staff notice board. Alternatively, some employers advise their employees of such risks and the best prevention action to take during staff training. Risk assessments, training and precautions should all form part of workplace safety policy to prevent injuries.

Protective Workwear / PPE

To reduce the risk of workplace accidents and mitigate the effects of those that do occur, the availability and correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and special workplace clothing is essential. In particular, tool injuries may result from a lack of training or a failure to supply or wear the designated safety clothing and accessories. Protective workwear includes safety goggles for the eyes, as well as workshop or lab coats and overalls.

With heavy machinery, personal safety equipment and appropriate workwear are as essential as proper training. As well as work boots or shoes with reinforced metal toecaps to prevent toe injuries from crushing, goggles and glasses provide vital eye protection. In some industrial processes, sturdy waterproof gloves (of the type which are resistant to piercing and sharp edges) will be necessary.

Highlighting Hazards

In places of work, temporary slip risks including wet floors should be highlighted, as well as permanent hazards such as high voltage electrical cabinets, compressors and compressed air piping. Careful attention is necessary where there is heavy machinery or frequent traffic. The use of high visibility (HV) clothing is a relatively inexpensive and straightforward precaution to put into effect, but which nonetheless plays a significant role in preventing truck accidents and workplace injuries.

Access Control & Protective Safety Helmets

On building sites, workplace head injuries due to construction accidents can be reduced by ensuring that all workers, visitors and other on-site personnel wear protective safety helmets. Additionally, functional safety harnesses are necessary if working at height and where there is a risk of falling from scaffolding. Access to scaffold structures at construction sites should be controlled, with unauthorised usage prohibited. Similarly, to reduce the likelihood of injury due to accidents, rubbish chutes require appropriate warning signs to be on clear display.

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