A guide to making a No Win No Fee fall at work injury claim
Despite modern health and safety precautions, accidents still happen at work. If you have been injured in a fall at the workplace, you may be able to claim compensation from your employer.
While employers are obliged to protect their employees from injury, sadly thousands of workplace-related accidents still occur each year.
In 2013/2014 alone, 629,000 workplace accidents are believed to have occurred resulting in a loss of 28.2 million working days. Many of these accidents are falls from height or trips over obstacles on the ground.
If you are injured in work-related fall you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
Examples of falls at work
The most serious injuries resulting from falls in the workplace tend to relate to working at height. Ladders are dangerous if used incorrectly and are often involved in accidents at height.
Other injuries might be caused by:
- equipment left lying around in inappropriate places
- spills that have not been mopped up properly
- defective or poorly repaired premises that cause a slip or fall.
In these and other cases, the employer may be liable for your injuries and a claim for compensation may be possible.
Your right to protection in the workplace
By law, employers must take reasonable steps to safeguard their employees from accident and injury. Your employer is also required by law to carry valid Employer's Liability insurance to cover you in the event that you are involved in a workplace accident. In most cases, the claim for compensation brought against employer is handled by the insurer.
An employer's duty of care is extensive. For example, your employer should:
- keep the workplace in good and safe repair
- remove tripping hazards such as trailing wires, damaged carpet and any other obstacles
- keep any height-related equipment, such as ladders and scaffolding, in good condition and properly secure
- install handrails in areas where slips and falls are likely
- take reasonable safety precautions when outside work is necessary, such as gritting icy or frozen surfaces.
Above all, businesses must alert all their employees to the possible dangers, no matter how obvious they may seem.
Do I have a claim??
Workers in the UK are protected by extensive health and safety legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the Work at Height Regulations 2005, as well as numerous British and European codes of practice.
These pieces of legislation clearly define your employer's responsibilities to you. If your employer does not follow the legal guidelines and you suffer injury as a result, you are eligible to make a compensation claim.
How Quittance can help?
Accident at work claims can be quite complex. While some are settled quickly out of Court, others can take years to pursue simply because the evidence is difficult to obtain.
Quittance's panel of solicitors provide advice on workplace slip and fall accidents daily, supporting employees as they move forward with their lives.
For a free no obligation consultation about your claim, call us on 0800 612 7456 or contact us online