Conveyor belt accident claims

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A guide to making a No Win No Fee conveyor belt accident claim

Conveyor belt accidents can occur in factories, farms, shops and supermarkets.  Conveyor belts are useful for processing large amounts of items as quickly as possible, and are usually very safe.  If operated in accordance with health and safety requirements, they can maximise efficiency and allow staff to complete purchases with ease.

What are the obligations of employers regarding conveyor belts?

Employers have a duty of care to their staff and to their customers.  This means that they must take every reasonable precaution to prevent accidents that may cause injuries.  Employees who are using conveyor belts should be given training that facilitates their safe use.  They should understand how to use the belt, and what to do if there is a malfunction.

Employers are obliged to ensure that all machinery, including conveyor belts, is regularly inspected to ensure correct and safe operation.  In addition, if a member of staff or customer notifies a supervisor or manager of a fault with a conveyor belt, they are duty bound to take action.  The senior employee should inspect the fault and take the required steps to remedy the problem as soon as possible.

Organisations that are responsible for staff using conveyor belts are required to ensure that dangerous parts are not exposed, and are protected by the use of guards or covers where needed.  This should minimise the potential of any accidents or injuries occurring.

What can happen if you are involved in an accident with a conveyor belt?

You are most likely to injure your fingers or hands if you are in an accident with a conveyor belt.  Injuries can range from cuts or broken skin and minor sprains, to broken bones and even muscular damage.  If you have been injured because of an accident involving a conveyor belt, it is probable that the organisation that has provided the equipment is to blame.  This could be your employer, or local supermarket.

What should you do if you are injured because of a defective conveyor belt?

It is important to visit a doctor in the first instance.  You may need an x ray to determine the damage, or treatment such as a splint, plaster or pain relief medication.  After getting the help you need, your thoughts may turn to claiming compensation.  If you have been unable to perform your usual tasks at home, or even to return to work, you may be suffering a financial loss as well as a physical one. 

Quittance's panel of solicitors are experts on dealing with cases involving accidents caused by conveyor belts.  They can advise you on the likelihood of your case being successful, and can guide you through the process until you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your needs.

How much compensation could you get for a conveyor belt accident?

A value with regard to a settlement or Court awards refers to the type and severity of your injuries.

Recommendations for minimum and maximum awards for an injury or condition are made in the Judicial College guidelines (formerly the Judicial Studies Board guidelines).

The Judicial College guidelines are used by insurers when proposing a settlement, and they will be applied when Courts calculate awards.

Sometimes an accident may exacerbate an existing injury . A claim may also be possible under these conditions.

It is possible to claim special damages for travel expenses (e.g. for doctors' appointments), the cost of medical treatment and damage to personal possessions.

100% No Win No Fee - Pay nothing if your claim is unsuccessful

A no win no fee contract (also referred to as a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement) is entered into between a claimant and solicitor.

A Conditional Fee Agreement is basically the terms under which the solicitor acts for the claimant.

The agreement documents what the lawyer will actually do and how he will be paid if the legal case is won.

If you instruct a Quittance solicitor for your conveyor belt injury compensation claim there are absolutely no sneaky hidden fees , nothing to pay up-front and the complete peace of mind that you will never be financially out of pocket.

How to proceed

Find out more about claiming compensation

Quittance give clear information to help people affected by injury decide whether to go ahead with the claim.

If you have more questions before picking up the phone, see our FAQ pages.

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When you are ready to get under-way, you can start a injury claim by calling 0800 612 7456 (or 0333 344 6575 from a mobile) or via Quittance's contact form.

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