Three workplace injuries that could qualify for a personal claim

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Nobody wants to come home from work with an injury, but it’s possible that hazards in your workplace could cause an accident.

Your employer might pay you appropriate compensation or benefits privately after negotiating your accident. However, if you’re struggling to reach a compromise or feel that your employer can’t make it up to you, you might need to take further action. In this guide we’ll outline some common workplace injuries that could be grounds for you to make a legal claim.

  • Slips, trips, or falls

A hard surface can quickly become a hazard, particularly in environments where liquids could leak or be spilled onto the floor.

With this possible for people working in retail, hospitality, construction, and many other sectors, it might not be surprising that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that 29% of all non-fatal injuries to employees from 2019-20 were slips, trips, or falls on the same level.

  • Improper handling, lifting, or carrying

Done wrong, heavy lifting could pose a risk for serious damage to the body, particularly in the back: the HSE reported that almost a fifth of all injuries from accidents in the workplace were from handling or heavy lifting. It’s important for all employers to incorporate thorough training procedures in any workplace requiring its employees to lift heavy objects.

  • Being struck by a moving object

Most prevalent in the construction industry, the risk of being struck by a moving or falling object could also cause a serious injury and seriously affect someone’s ability to work.

Next steps

If you’ve been injured at work by any of the kinds of accident listed above, or something even more serious, it’s important to know your rights. Your employer has a duty to protect you and must also have previously warned you of any risks you might be exposed to.

Keeping records of your accident will be crucial if you later decide to make a claim for benefits, including Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or compensation. It’s sensible to take photos of your injury and anything that contributed to or caused your accident and write down all the details.

Legal action

If you believe your rights haven’t been respected after your accident and decide you need to make a personal injury claim, it’s recommended to seek professional legal advice from a solicitor. Be aware of time limits and source any local help available to you, especially if you’re part of a trade union.

If you were unlucky enough to have an accident that wasn’t your fault, you can find peace of mind in the fact that there are resources available to help you find the justice you deserve.

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