24 March 2015
Work Accident Compensation Not Just for Employees
In our experience as Personal Injury Lawyers, when it comes to injuries in the workplace, accidents can happen to anyone at any time. Even when health and safety guidelines are rigorously followed, accidents happen.
You may be aware of compensation claims for accidents in the workplace, but many people are deterred from finding out if they can claim because they were not full-time contracted employees of the place in which the accident occurred.
The fact is that you do not necessarily have to be a full-time or part-time employee to claim compensation; if you were a temporary worker, a contractor or even just visiting a workplace at the time of the accident, health and safety laws are in place to protect you in the unfortunate event of an injury.
Work Experience Student Loses Finger in Work Accident
A case in the news recently saw a teenage boy receive a large work injury compensation pay-out for personal injuries following an accident whilst on work experience at a garage.
The 15 year-old was working in a garage on a work experience programme when he was asked to help lift a 14 foot metal bar. The teenager reasoned that the bar was too heavy and wouldn’t be strong enough to help, but was told it was “part of the job.” The mechanic dropped his end and the teenager was unable to support the weight of the bar alone. The heavy bar fell and he was unable to free his hands in time, traumatically crushing his left hand. As a result, his index finger was amputated.
The victim wasn’t sure whether he would qualify for a compensation claim because the breach in health and safety didn’t come from management and he wasn’t a contracted employee at the garage. Because he was protected by health and safety laws, the garage made an offer of £50,000 in compensation.
For a free consultation about a work accident compensation claim, call our No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers 24 hours 7 days a week on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we will get back to you.
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