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Workplace Accidents

Have you been injured at work?

Accidents frequently occur in the workplace. While we think of manual jobs as more physically dangerous and hazardous to our health, working in an office environment may be equally hazardous. Repetitive strain injuries, trips and falls and even stress lead to compensation.

Workplace injuries.

It is a sad fact that many of us are injured at work. According to the Health and Safety excutive, in 2010/2011:

  • 1.2 million people suffered from a work related injury
  • 171 workers were killed at work.
  • 115,000 injuries were reported under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations)
  • 200’000 reportable injuries occurred.
  • Over 26 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and injury.

All of these injuries, however minor, will have an impact on the injured party. They may lose the ability to work, the ability to enjoy hobbies or pastimes, suffer consequences later in life or suffer stress and emotional strain. If you have suffered an injury at work in the last three years, you may be able to claim compensation.

Compensation for injuries at work: your rights.

Your employer is under a duty to safeguard your wellbeing at work. The law protects you, and you are entitled to compensation if you are injured at work and the accident was not (or was only partly) your fault. So, it may have been the fault of your employer, a colleague or another person (e.g. a contractor) at your work. You also have responsibilities. You mustn’t interfere with anything which is provided for your safety. You must take reasonable care your own and your fellow employees wellbeing. You must also cooperate with your employer on health and safety issues. Workplace accidents can have many causes, but your employer is, in particular, obliges to ensure that you are not hurt by:

•    Unsafe, inadequate or damaged equipment.
•    Lack of safety equipment.
•    Dangerous working practices.
•    Coming into contact with hazardous substances/materials (e.g. Asbestos)

As part of their duty to look after you, your employer is required to have in place insurance – Employers Liability Insurance. This means that any claim you make will be made by this insurer and as such, you cannot be disciplined or sacked for making a claim. Damages for workplace accidents, like any compensation, is intended to restore you as closely as possible to the position you would have been in had the injury not happened. If you thank you have a claim, contact Dallas McMillan now

Contact our expert personal injury solicitors today

Our leading Scottish Personal Injury Solicitors can advise on all aspects of your claim. We offer a no-win, no-fee service.

Contact us on 0141 333 6750