There are many dangerous professions that people carry out on a day to day basis such as industrial factory work, farming, driving jobs, etc. But for some people, that type of work is normal and there are health and safety regulations in place to prevent accidents.
However, regardless of health and safety regulations, accidents in dangerous working environments unfortunately do happen, which is why it’s important to know what to do if you or one of your colleagues is injured in a work accident.
Work Accident Claims can be made where an injury has been sustained if the person claiming is either a full or part time employee, a temporary worker, a self-employed contractor or even if you were just visiting a business at the time of the accident.
If an accident has been sustained at a place of work, it should always be documented in the accident book and reported to the first aider. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, the person, if not well enough to continue working should be sent home to consult their own GP or taken to A&E for urgent medical attention.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have many years’ experience in dealing with Work Accident Claims and understand that people may be hesitant to make a claim for injuries sustained at work through fear of what their employer might think. However, it’s not your employer you are claiming compensation against, it’s your employers’ liability insurance company. It is a legal requirement for UK employers to have liability insurance, if they do not have employers liability insurance, they can be fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
At Slater and Gordon we have a large selection of legal advice guides online. You can download and print our legal advice guide about Health and Safety at Work here.
Matt Tomlinson is a Senior Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
If you or a work colleague has been injured in an accident at work, call the Personal Injury Solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers for a free consultation on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we will assess your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support are available anywhere in the UK.
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