Compensation After an Accident at Work in Warrington
Posted on 9th January 2021 at 10:43
We expect to go to work and be safe. While some professions such as construction have inherent dangers associated with them, most of us don’t get up in the morning thinking that we might be in hospital by the end of the day.
Accidents at work are more common than people think, however. Employers have a duty of care towards their employees and occupiers a duty to visitors (eg customers/delivery personnel) to keep them safe.
A workplace risk assessment should be carried out. That principle applies whether you are working on a building site or in an office, bar or restaurant or hospital.
If you suffer an accident at work or in a public place and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Accidents can be caused by in many ways but some of the most common are:
Someone at work put you in danger, causing the accident;
Your employer might have been negligent in their safety procedure and that caused you to sustain an injury; for example, you may have fallen because your employer failed to comply with height at work regulations;
You may have been provided with faulty and unsafe equipment;
You may have slipped on a spillage that had not been cleaned up;
You may have tripped on cables or some other hazard or obstruction.
In any of these situations your employer is responsible if you sustain injury as they will have breached their duty of care. If you work on a building site and your employer or the site manager hasn’t put in the appropriate safety measures – especially where heavy plant and machinery is used - and you have an accident you could claim for your injuries.
Injuries caused by defective machinery in factories or plant hardware are just a couple of common scenarios we come across handling accident at work claims in Warrington. The truth is, however, there are also accidents in relatively ‘safe’ places such as offices and shops.
What is Accident at Work Compensation?
If you have had an accident at work that was caused, for example, by the negligence of your employer, you may need financial help for a variety of reasons.
You might require specialist medical help to recover from the injury;
You can recover loss of earnings if you have been unable to work;
You might need assistive technology or adjustments to your home if you have been disabled by the injury;
You may also have psychological issues that have been caused by the accident. Private treatment can be arranged.
All these will be taken into account when making a claim for accident at work compensation. It’s important to see a solicitor as soon as you can so that they can begin to assess and gather the evidence for your claim.
DSM Legal are a personal injury and accident at work claims specialist operating in Warrington and the surrounding area. We operate a no win no fee service which means you can come to us and get advice on the potential for a claim without having to pay anything in advance.
If we think you have the basis for a claim, we’ll take it on and only charge our fees once the claim has been successfully settled in your favour – normally as a percentage of the final settlement which is agreed beforehand.
Accidents at work are never planned but they can be down to the negligence of a third party such as an employer who hasn’t followed the right safety procedures. If you have had an accident at work and live in Warrington, contact us today on 01925 937070.
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