Factory accident injury compensation claims
The following article sets out what you need to know about making a factory accident compensation claim.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, there were over 3,000 work accidents in the manufacturing industry in 2013/14. These accidents were caused by several different factors. The most common were:
- contact with dangerous machinery
- being hit by an item falling from height
- being injured as a result of lifting
- slips, trips and falls
- exposure to dangerous substances
If you were injured in a factory accident in the last three years and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
All employers have a responsibility to protect their staff from harm. If you work in a factory, you should be protected by specific health and safety regulations that are referred to as the ‘six pack'.
The six pack encompasses the following:
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
- The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations
- The Manual Handling Regulations
- The Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
- The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations
The six pack regulations are designed to prevent factory accidents from occurring. These regulations mean that you should be properly trained to perform all tasks, and that all equipment should be in good working order (as well as being subject to regular inspections).
In addition, you should be provided with equipment that allows you to work safely, such as gloves, masks and footwear. Poor-quality or defective PPE is a frequent source of injury and subsequent compensation claims.
Factory operator negligence
If your employer has failed to abide by these rules, and you have been involved in a factory accident as a result, it is likely that they are liable for what has happened. This is especially relevant if a health and safety issue was reported in advance of the accident happening, and your employer failed to take appropriate action.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
After receiving medical treatment for your injury, you should contact a solicitor who is well versed in helping people who have suffered because of factory accidents. Quittance's panel of solicitors have worked with many people who have been hurt in factory accidents, and can advise you on how best to proceed.
Quittance's network of specialist solicitors can help
Having established the basic details of your factory accident, the Quittance panel can give you an indication of whether or not you are likely to have a case for claiming personal injury compensation. Your solicitor can also give you an indication of how much your claim may be worth, which can help you to decide if you want to start the process.
An expert solicitor will work with you to gather all the evidence required for a successful claim for compensation. If you have been involved in a factory accident, you may be able to claim compensation for loss of earnings, pain and suffering, difficulty performing tasks that you were previously able to do, and medical or travel expenses.
The amount you could be awarded for a factory accident is dependent on the circumstances specific to your injuries.
It may be that you have made a full recovery, and want to be compensated for time off work and other expenses in the aftermath of the accident. However, some factory accidents can have long term implications on your health and quality of life, and this would affect the amount you could claim in compensation.
A no win no fee contract (technically known as a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA) is put in place between the claimant and a specialist injury lawyer.
The CFA is basically the terms and conditions under which the solicitor is instructed by the claimant.
The contract outlines what the lawyer will do and how he or she is rewarded if the compensation claim is ultimately successful.
If you decide to choose Quittance Personal Injury for your factory injury compensation claim there are no hidden or extra fees , no up-front fees and the comfort that you will not be financially out of pocket.
Meet the QLS team
Our nationwide panel of solicitors carry out the legal work for all types of work accident claim and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Selected because of their success rate in winning claims, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of experience handling injury claims.
About the author
Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.
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