All employers have a duty to provide safe working conditions for their staff, and employers who ignore this are in breach of the law. Even though this is the case, accident at work claims are more common than anticipated, with employees often being unaware of the potential dangers of their work environment until an accident at work actually happens. It is also important to remember that work injuries can happen across a range of workplaces, from factories and construction sites to office based positions. Blackwater Law are specialists when it comes to dealing with accident at work claims, so you can be sure that your work injury compensation claim is in safe hands.
Jason Brady and Anna Watson have a wealth of experience dealing with accident at work claims, so you can be sure that your claim is dealt with professionally and quickly. Clients are advised to fill in their employer’s official accident log when accidents occur so that this vital evidence is recorded. After this is done, you can file a work accident claim form against your employer. This process is established not only to protect both workers and employers, but also to ensure that both parties follow the correct procedures. Your employer, supervisor and other people in roles of authority within your workplace must keep records of:
- work-related deaths
- serious injuries
- needlestick injuries
- cases of diagnosed industrial disease
- Certain ‘dangerous occurrences’; for instance near miss incidents such as scaffold collapses, explosions, escape of dangerous substances or biological agents.
Despite what many people think, making a claim for compensation against your employer will not have an impact on their financial position. All employers are required by law to take out an insurance policy which covers them against accident at work compensation claims. If your claim is successful, it will be your employer’s insurance company that will pay your compensation.
At Blackwater Law, our approach is professional and personal, so you can be sure to get the best service when you choose us as your work accident solicitors. We offer exceptional client service, which means you will have direct access to you team when you need it. We can either meet you in person, talk through your case over the phone or by email; whichever option suits you best. We will always keep you up to date with the progress of your work accident claim and explain the options available to you simply and clearly; which can let you make informed decisions.
If you would like to talk to Jason, Anna or one of the team to chat through your experiences and assess whether you would like to pursue a work accident compensation claim, call us or complete the online contact form and we will get back to you right away.
As with every claim process we start, your initial consultation will be free of charge and our specialist advice is offered on a no-win, no-fee basis.
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Compensation Claims for Accidents At Work
Most Common Work-Related Claims:
• Work-Related Deaths
• Serious Injuries
• Slips & Trips
• Needlestick Injuries
• Cases of Diagnosed Industrial Disease
• Dangerous Occurrences
o Near miss incidents such as scaffold collapses, explosions, escape of dangerous substances or biological agents.
148 workers were killed at work in 2012-13
THE SECTORS THAT ACCOUNT FOR THE HIGHEST RATES ARE:
o 39 FATALITIES
o 29 FATALITIES
• Waste & Recycling
o 10 FATALITIES
Employer-Reported Non-Fatal Injuries:
78,222 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR in 2012-13
(Reporting of Injuries, Diseases & Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995)
19,707 MAJOR ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY:
• Slips & Trips 43%
• Falls from a height 13%
58,515 OVER-7-DAY ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY:
• Slips & Trips 26%
• Handling, lifting or carrying 27%
1,200,000 REPORTED WORK-RELATED ILLNESSES
• 500,000 of these were new conditions which started during the past year
• 700,000 were suffering from an illness which was caused or made worse by their past work
13,000 DEATHS EACH YEAR FROM WORK RELATED DISEASES
The primary diseases diagnosed are:
• Occupational Cancers
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
8,000 DEATHS EACH YEAR FROM OCCUPATIONAL CANCER
The biggest categories within occupational cancer are:
• Lung cancer from SILICA INHALATION
• Lung cancer from DIESEL ENGINE EXHAUSTS
• Lung cancer from ASBESTOS EXPOSURE
• Lung cancer from MINERAL OILS
• Breast cancer from SHIFT WORK
27,000,000 DAYS WERE LOST OVERALL IN 2011/12* DUE TO WORK RELATED ILL HEALTH OR INJURY
• 4,300,000 due to workplace injury
• 22,700,000 due to work-related ill health
Economic Costs to Britain:
WORKPLACE INJURIES & ILL HEALTH (EXCLUDING CANCER) COST SOCIETY AN ESTIMATED…
£13.8 billion in 2010/11