Accidents at work
If you have been involved in an accident at work – a trip, slip or fall or involving machinery or on a construction site or caused by lifting items at work (manual handling injuries) – you may be able to make a claim for compensation. If you are able to make a claim, we will guide you through every step of the process and ensure that we secure for you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
Your employer must take reasonable steps to keep you safe at work by providing, for example, a safe place to work, reasonable training and instructions to keep you safe, the correct clothing and equipment for your job, well-maintained equipment and machinery etc. If you are employed full-time or part-time, on a temporary basis or as a casual worker, your employer owes you a duty of care. This is the case even if you do not have a formal contract of employment. If you are injured at work, your employer may have breached that duty and you may be able to make a claim for compensation against your employers. (If you are self-employed, you may also be to make a claim against the person who has caused the accident.)
Your employer cannot take any action against you if you make a claim against them for an accident at work. Every employer must have Employer’s Liability Insurance which covers them for accidents at work and so it will be your employer’s insurance company, not your employer, who will pay compensation.
If you have an accident at work, it is vital that you report this to your employer as soon as possible after the accident so that the accident can be recorded by your employer. You should record the details of the accident and any witnesses to the accident. You should also see your GP about your injuries.
It is vital that you seek independent, expert legal advice in relation to your claim as soon as possible following the accident. Leech & Co will provide this independent, expert legal advice to you. We will advise you at the outset whether you can make a claim and the likely prospects of success of the claim. If you are able to make a claim, we will fight on your behalf every step of the way to secure for you the compensation you deserve.
We can help you to claim for the following items:
- Your injuries i.e. for your pain and suffering and the impact of these on your life
- Medical treatment and medication costs
- Lost earnings
- The time spent by friends and family assisting you in relation to your injuries
- Any other expenses and losses caused by the accident (including, if needed, future losses, for example lost earnings, ongoing medical treatment costs etc.
If you have suffered an injury at work, we can help you with your claim. Call or e-mail us to discuss your accident so we can provide no obligation, straightforward advice to you.