A guide to making a No Win No Fee log splitter accident claim
A European Union directive states that injuries from machinery (such as log splitters) should be prevented by ensuring that the machinery is safely designed and constructed, and properly installed and maintained.
The HSE have investigated several incidences of people being injured by log splitters. Commonly, accidents have resulted in serious hand injuries.
Causes of log splitter accidents
According to the HSE, accidents involving log splitters or 'firewood processing machines' are often the result of a lack of training regarding their safe use, or inadequate protective equipment.
Employers must ensure that staff using log splitters understand how to do so in a manner that does not endanger their own safety, or that of others in the vicinity.
A work accident claim may be made if an employer has failed in this duty.
The Health and Safety Executive recently questioned the safety of firewood processing machines, and suggested that not all log splitters comply with the Machinery Directive (as implemented in the UK by the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008).
Trapping and crushing injuries can occur during the splitting process, typically involving the ram and log, ram and splitting plate, or the log and splitting plate.
In some cases, the safety guard on log splitters is too short, or fails to stop a moving ram. In other cases, there is no safety guard in place, or it is not appropriate for use with the firewood processing machine.
If the machine is dual purpose, only the log splitting part is covered by EU safety regulations.
In addition to following health and safety regulations, it is also important that workers using log splitters follow the manufacturers instructions regarding installation and maintenance. Failure to follow these instructions can cause accidents. A defective machinery claim may be made if a fault causes injury to the user.
How much compensation can you claim for a log splitter accident?
Compensation will vary depending on the nature and severity of the injury, rather than the context of the accident.
The Courts recognise the traumatic effect a serious hand injury can have, and awards range up to £80,600 for the loss of the use of a hand. Finger and thumb injuries will vary depending on the digits affected by the extent of the accident, from £4,300 to £40,300.
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Making a No Win No Fee log splitter injury compensation claim
A no win no fee arrangement ( known as a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement) is entered into between the claimant and a specialist injury lawyer.
The CFA is essentially the terms and conditions under which the solicitor works for the client.
The CFA details what the solicitor will actually do as well as how they will be rewarded if your claim is won.
If you instruct a Quittance Personal Injury solicitor for your log splitter injury compensation claim there will be no additional fees , no up-front fees and the reassurance that you wont be financially out of pocket.
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