Accident at Work Compensation in Lincolnshire
Being injured in an accident at work can have devastating consequences. We find that the vast majority of our clients simply want to recover as quickly as possible so that things can get back to normal. Unfortunately it is not always as simple as that but in the majority of cases, if the accident was not entirely your fault, it will be possible to recover accident at work compensation for you so that you will be in the same position financially as you would have been if the accident had not happened. Your employer must have insurance to cover such accident at work compensation claims.
On this page we describe some of the ways in which accident at work compensation claims can arise. The list is not intended to be complete and the statements we make are inevitably of a general nature. We can advise on how these rules and situations might apply to you if you suffer an accident at work.
Your employer has legal obligations to ensure that there are certain health and safety standards in place to minimise the risk of workplace accidents and accident at work compensation claims. The workplace itself must be suitable and in general terms this means that it must be a safe place for you to work.
- Many injuries are caused as a result of this. The expression is more than just lifting and includes pretty much anything that involves the use of physical force. If it might cause injury then it should be avoided altogether where it can be and if not it should be reduced to the lowest level reasonably possible. Your employer is expected to carry out a full risk assessment of the risk of injury.
Machinery and Equipment
- This covers anything used in connection with your job. This must be suitable for the purpose for which it is being used, must be properly maintained and, in the case of many types of machinery, must be properly guarded. In the case of defective machinery or equipment your employer is liable if it causes you an injury even if he could not possibly have known of the defect.
Lifts and Hoists
- There are rules to protect you from injury when using such equipment and to protect others from being injured by such equipment.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Where appropriate, your employer must provide you with PPE for example; gloves, eye protection or special clothing, as is reasonably necessary to protect you from injury whilst at work.
- There are special rules to protect you from injury caused by any kind of dangerous substance whilst at work.
- There are special rules to protect you from injury if working in a building development of some kind or where substantial alterations are being made to an existing building.
Working at Height
- Your employer must carry out a full risk assessment to ensure that work at height is avoided where possible if it carries a significant risk of injury. If it cannot be avoided then there are strict rules to minimise the risk of injury and the risk of others being injured by objects falling from above.
Your Fellow Employees
- If you are injured as a result of negligence by another employee your employer is liable for that negligence even if he could not reasonably have been able to do anything about it.
The above statements are inevitably a simplified version of the law and are intended for guidance only. Ringrose Law accepts no responsibility for any action taken in reliance on these general statements.
Accident at Work Compensation
If you have suffered an accident at work within the last three years and think you have an accident at work compensation claim, contact one of our advisors for a free assessment. You can use our Free Live Chat