Employers have a duty of care to their staff members in terms of maintaining a safe workplace, but some are more diligent in their responsibilities than others. It may seem simple to disregard a loose step or a wet floor, but these hazards can cause significant harm when they catch an employee off guard. If you have suffered a serious injury from a slip at work, you may be eligible for a compensation claim.
The law demands that employers adhere to strict health and safety regulations as a means of protecting their employees. Where they fail to do so, and an accident consequently occurs, the injured person can assert their rights with a personal injury claim.
As specialists in injury claims, we have represented many clients for workplace injury cases. We know it can feel daunting to make a claim against your employer, but they should have insurance for this exact purpose, so there should be nothing stopping you from bringing a case.
How might a workplace injury occur?
Employers have a number of health and safety responsibilities that they must ensure they are abiding by at all times. The different strategies could include:
- ensuring that staff are trained on how to use workplace equipment safely;
- providing adequate safety procedures;
- giving staff, and ensuring that they use, appropriate protective equipment;
- monitor the safety of the workplace and repair any hazards;
- Training and regular refresher training.
Workplace health and safety regulations are there for a very good reason. If they are not adhered to, serious harm could be caused. Whilst those involved in manual labour, such as construction workers, can be at a higher risk due to things like heavy equipment and materials involved, even the smallest of hazards can provoke a serious injury from a slip at work. A wet floor without a warning sign or a spill that is not mopped up can be enough to cause a severe injury for the person affected.
Claiming compensation for a serious injury from a slip at work
When claiming for a serious injury from a slip at work, we will need to consider the circumstances in which the accident occurred. Once we can establish that the negligence of another caused the incident, you could be eligible for a claim.
As part of a claim, you may be able to recover damages for the injury itself, with the compensation award varying according to the area of the body that has been injured, and how severe the damage is. To assist us in valuing your claim, we can assess your injury using the official Judicial College Guidelines, and we can also obtain the insight of an expert who can provide a medico-legal report on your case.
In addition, you may be able to recover Special Damages for any financial impact of your injury. For example, if you have lost out on your earnings due to an absence spent recovering, this could be won back as part of your claim.
Your compensation claim
If you have fallen victim to a serious injury from a slip at work, please do not hesitate to contact us for further advice on your eligibility to claim. You could be entitled to recover tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation, and we don’t want you to miss out on this opportunity.
In fact, we believe so strongly in access to justice that we aim to offer No Win, No Fee representation to as many eligible claimants as possible. To find out more, contact our specialist team for free, no-obligation advice today.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.