Medical Negligence-Info on Work Accident Claims

Accidents occur everyday in the work environment. However did you know that if you suffer an accident whilst at work you may be entitled to claim compensation from your employer? This is because an employer owes their employees a duty of care. This article discusses how you may be able to claim damages for injuries received at work. In many situations the employer has a strict liability towards the safety of his employees. Strict liability means that during a personal injury case the claimant does have to prove negligence on behalf of the employer, the liability is unquestionable. Examples include that it is the responsibility of an employer to make sure employees have safe tools and equipments to use; also employees should be given safety training before they use such equipment or tools. If this is not done and an employee suffers a personal injury because of this, then the employer can be held accountable.You may find more information at work accident claims solicitors.

The following are some examples of employer responsibilities, which if practised should prevent injury and harm coming to their employees and avoid the risk of work accident claims: Regular checks on tools and machinery to ensure good working order, Staff are trained for any emergency escape plans and the plans are well advertised, Cleaning materials are provided and safely stored; – WC and washroom facilities provided, The working environment is a tolerable temperature and has good ventilation, Adequate first aid facilities are available and there are trained first-aiders in the workplace, Dangerous workplaces are sufficiently supervised, Employee exposure to dangerous chemicals and materials is as low as possible and Adequate protective clothing is given. Do employers have a defence? Employers can argue contributory negligence. This claim is arguable when it can be demonstrated that the personal injury suffered by the employee was partially caused by their own fault. For example; if an employee suffers injury from a damaging chemical but he was not wearing the protective clothing which is provided by the employer. In this situation there would be a case for contributory negligence. If a contribution can be proved in court then the amount of damages which are given is normally reduced to reflect this.

How do I make a claim? Work accident claims must be brought against your employer within 3 years of the accident occurring. It is always better to try to take action as soon as you have an accident, however it is often the case that some people do not realise what injury they have suffered until sometime in the future.

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