There is a wide spectrum of work-related personal injury claims, from construction site accidents to repetitive strain injuries, asbestos exposure and a range of office related injuries.
An employer is duty bound to assess the risk of harm from his work and to take all reasonable steps to minimise that risk. If assessments are not carried out or are inadequate then the employer will usually be liable for any resulting accident.
There is a now a wealth of health and safety legislation but many employers remain oblivious to the dangers of the workplace or the duties they owe to protect their employees and others.
Types of accidents:
Examples of recent work-related personal injury claims the personal injury department at Osbornes have dealt with:
- Builder suffering psychological reaction following needle stick injury from discarded syringe. Employers failed to take action to prevent drug users using work site. Claim settled for £20,000.
- Labourer sustained burns to ankle when liquid nitrogen leaked from pipe he was working on. Required plastic surgery. Claim settled for £100,000.
- 60 year old machinist tripped over cable from her sewing machine, sustaining back injury. Recovered £70,000 damages.
- Train driver traumatised after witnessing suicides, but not counselled by employer and suffered severe psychiatric reaction. Claim settled at door of court for £50,000.
- Bank employee suffered stress after bullying from supervisor. Claim settled for £40,000.
How Osbornes solicitors can help with your accident at work claim
Work accident personal injury claims are proved by evidence. If you think you have a claim you should contact us as soon as possible, and in the meantime take the immediate following steps:
- Report the accident to your supervisor.
- Note witness contact details.
- Ensure if possible that an accident book entry is completed.
What you should do next?
On contacting us you will speak in confidence to a member of our personal injury team who will ask you specific details about your injury including where and when it took place. It is helpful to the claims process if you can provide us with as much information as possible, including any relevant pictures of the injury, pictures of where the injury took place, details of any witnesses and reports of any medical treatment you had as a result of the injury.
We will then be able to advise you on whether or not you can make a claim for compensation.