Accidents at work

The latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that there has been a drop in the number of work related death, to 133 in 2013/14. Despite this 27 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and injury in 2011/12.

These numbers show that workplaces are safer than ever, and accident numbers continue to fall. There remaim, however, some sectors in which you are at higher risk of an injury, such as:-

  • Agriculture

  • Construction

  • Transport

If you have been involved in an accident at work that was not your fault and you have suffered an injury, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation. All employers have a responsibility to protect their employees, contractors and visitors from accidents and injuries.

The most common accidents involve:

  • Manual Handling

  • Slips/trips

  • Falls from Height

In order to succeed you will have to prove, on the balance of probabilities, that your employers were negligent. This means that they fell below the duty of care that is owed to you as an employee whilst you were in the course of your employment.

Compensation is divided into:

General Damages – a lump sum of compensation for the injury, to compensate you for your pain and suffering.

Special Damages – these are your out-of-pocket expenses, e.g. loss of earnings, cost of care (provided for by family and friends or paid support), private treatment and cost of rehabilitation aids (i.e. prostheses) and medical and travelling expenses.

Ashfords' Personal Injury Team has extensive experience in all areas of personal injury claims work. If you would like to discuss a personal injury claim and the funding options available to you, please contact Gemma Rowe on 01392 334017 for a free, no-obligation chat.

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Gemma Rowe

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+44 (0)1392 334017


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