Can I Claim For An Accident At Work?

If you have suffered an injury during an accident at work, you may be wondering whether could be entitled to claim compensation for the damages you have sustained. To help you find out, we have used this article to explore who can make a work accident claim and how to discover if this applies to you.

When can I claim for a work accident?

To be able to make a work accident claim, it is necessary to establish three things:-

1. Someone owed you a duty of care

All employers owe a duty of care towards their staff. So whether you work in an office or on a farm, your employer has a legal obligation to protect your health, safety and welfare as far as is reasonably practicable while you are at work. This means an employer is directly responsible for implementing a safe system of work, providing a safe and secure work premises and enforcing risk-reducing measures (such as supplying staff with training, protective equipment and supervision.)

2. This duty of care was breached

The next stage is to prove that an employer did not fulfil this duty of care. This is known as a breach of duty and means that an employer has failed to take reasonably practicable steps (such as providing staff with the necessary training) to reduce any risks and hazards within the workplace.

3. This breach of duty caused you to suffer an injury

Finally, you must establish that this breach of duty directly caused or contributed to an injury you have sustained in the workplace. This is known as causation and means that you employer’s negligence resulted in you suffering a physical and/or psychological injury.

How to find out if you can claim for a work accident

Nevertheless, we understand that establish these three factors on your own can be tricky, particularly if your employer is denying liability. However, a solicitor who specialises in this area of law will have the legal knowledge and expertise to tell you whether or not you have a claim. After a short consultation, a solicitor will be able to advise you upon what options are available, making it the easiest way to discover whether you or a loved one is able to claim compensation for an accident at work.

Contact us today

If you would like to find out if you can claim for injuries suffered during an accident at work, contact us today at the Work Accident Solicitors. Our legal advisors will be able to suggest what action you can take next.

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