16 December 2014
Work Accident Claims are All about Employers’ Liability
If you have an accident at work that is due to the fault of the employer then there’s a pretty good chance you may be able to claim compensation.
There are many different legal responsibilities that employers in the UK have to both their workers and in looking after the workplace generally, and one or more of these legal responsibilities may well apply if you are injured in an accident at work.
Sometimes, all the different rules and regulations can seem overwhelming and may even seem too complicated even to bear thinking about. But the point is that all of the various duties upon the employer can each add to the possibility of establishing liability for the accident.
Injury claims for work accident compensation can potentially be successful whether you work part-time or full time, whether you were on a zero hours contract or even if you were just visiting the business premises at the time of the accident. What’s more, if the employer is found to be liable for the accident, it’s likely that they will be insured against any losses.
So what are these various responsibilities on the employer? Well, there are a number of very specific laws in relation to employees which deal with things such as personal protective equipment and manual handling operations. Depending upon the type of workplace accident that you were involved in then reference to one or more of these regulations might well assist in making a successful claim for compensation.
In addition to these regulations there are also the very wide responsibilities the employer would have when they are the occupier of the workplace. This is covered both by the general law of negligence and also by the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. What this basically adds up to is that the employer has a duty to take reasonable care to ensure that visitors to his or her premises are kept safe.
So, even if you’re not an employee of the company but are just visiting the workplace, and you suffer from an accident such as slipping on the floor then, depending upon the full set of circumstances, you may well have a valid claim for compensation.
The point is not to assume that you won’t in some way be protected since there are plenty of ways that in fact might well help to find liability. So at the very least in those circumstances, it may well be worth talking with a Personal Injury Lawyer that specialises in work accident compensation.
Slater and Gordon’s Personal Injury Lawyers specialise in work accident compensation and most claims are dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis.
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