Claiming After an Accident at Work?
No matter how well prepared we are accidents can, and do, happen. If you have been involved in an accident at work that has caused you injury or illness you could be entitled to claim accident at work compensation should it have occurred through no fault of your own, and could have been prevented by your employer. Depending on the type of industry you work in, an accident could lead to minor injuries and muscle sprains, to more serious cuts and lacerations, broken bones, amputations, burns of different severities and in the worst cases fatalities.
What Can I Make a Claim For?
If you have suffered an injury due to any of the following incidents whilst at work, you could be entitled to claim accident at work compensation:
· Slip, trip or fall
· Defective machinery
· Poorly maintained machinery and equipment
· Dangerous Health and Safety practices
· Inadequate training methods
· Falling object
· Negligence of colleagues or employer
· Assault on work premises
· Handing of toxic chemicals and substances
· Operation of a forklift or crane
· Lack of training relating to lifting heavy items
· Vibration White Finger or other long-term industrial injuries.
How Much Accident at Work Compensation Can I Claim?
The aware for work injury compensation will vary according to the type of injury or illness suffered and its severity. The amount awarded to someone injured in a fall that has kept him or her off work for a few days will be much lower than a compensation pay-out to someone who has suffered the amputation of a limb and is unable to return to work, or for the family of someone killed during a tragic workplace accident.
How Long Do I Have to Claim Accident at Work Compensation?
As with all types of personal injury claims in the UK, an accident at work compensation claim has a 3-year time limit. You may not be able to seek compensation for your workplace injuries once those 3-years have passed. The time limit begins from the date of the accident at work itself, or from the date in which you realised, or were informed by a medical professional, that your injuries were sustained as a result of an accident at work. Some injuries and illnesses do not present symptoms for many years or even decades in some cases, such as the devastating mesothelioma and other asbestos related industries that plague workers within construction, engineering and other heavy industries. In the case of a fatality, whether on the date of the accident or during a claim, the family members of 3-years from the date of death to make a claim.
Whatever the type of accident at work you or a family member have been involved with, making a claim should be done with the assistance of specialist accident at work solicitors. They will help you understand the possibilities of a No Win, No Fee claim, run through the scenarios for compensation awards and also help you discover the right contacts to help with any rehabilitation and medicinal requirements for recovery, as well as adaptations required for the home and transport in cases of long-term illness, injury or disability as a result of an accident at work.