Industrial accidents have been on a steady decline for the last twenty years. Better health and safety enforcement and increased culpability awareness among employers has led to a safer working environment for hundreds of thousands of people in the United Kingdom.
However, industrial accidents do still happen. If you have been injured in such an accident, then you may be eligible for compensation.
What are my legal rights if I have been injured in an industrial accident?
If you have been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, or you have been injured in an accident that was only partly your fault, then you have the legal right to compensation and you can make industrial accident claims against your employer, be them past or present. The law protects you under the circumstances.
How will it be proven that my employer was responsible?
Your industrial accident claims lawyer will review your employer’s health and safety record and practices. They will look for inadequate training, inadequate safety protection, machine failure or breaches in the law to prove your employer was liable. It is the legal responsibility of all employers to look after the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees.
Can I make an industrial accident if I was a contractor?
Yes. Your legal rights for industrial accident claims are exactly the same as an employee’s, and you can claim whether you were on site or off site, so long as at the time of your accident the business contracting you was responsible for your health, safety and wellbeing.
Can I make a claim if I was on a zero hour’s contract, or not employed ‘on paper’?
Yes. Under the circumstances, you have the same rights as a regular employee because the business you were working for was responsible for your health and safety.
How much compensation could I be awarded for industrial accident claims?
The amount of compensation you could be awarded for your accident depends on the nature of your injuries, the extent of your injuries and how your injuries have and will affect your life. The more severe your injuries are the more you can claim. For example, if you have suffered spinal injuries, you will be paid more than somebody with a broken wrist. In addition to this, you can also claim back lost income including overtime. You can also claim back any accident-related out of pocket expenses, such as travel and medical costs.
To find out more about making an industrial accident claim, we operate a free, no obligation helpline where you can get answers to all your questions. Call us today on 0800 157 1437 for a friendly and informative chat about your industrial accident.