Accidents in the workplace can happen due the failure of the employer to provide a safe place of work or proper health and safety procedures. Poor manual handling and defective work equipment and lack of proper training can result in injuries to employees. Employers have a duty to provide training on the use of machines and equipment, health and safety training and guidance and protective equipment (PPE). All workers should be entitled to work in a safe place.
If you have been involved in an accident at your place of work which was caused due to defective or faulty work equipment such as tools, ladders, safety equipment etc you should be aware that your employer has a strict duty to protect you and to ensure that equipment used by you is in good working order, regularly inspected and maintained and used properly in accordance with training. Work equipment has a very wide definition and can include an office chair or any office equipment supplied by your employer. If you have suffered an injury as a result of faulty equipment or a defective item supplied by your employer, you are entitled to make a claim for personal injury and other associated losses or out of pocket expenses.
If you think that your accident has happened because you or another employee has not received proper training, then you may have a valid case against your employer.
Since many people have been working from home due to the pandemic, the employer’s duty to a worker may extend to accidents which occur when working from home. But the employee will have to prove that the employer failed in their duty to keep the worker safe, for example, by providing defective equipment for the employee to use from home.
You should contact a specialist solicitor who has expertise in dealing with accidents at work. Gus Campbell Solicitors have dealt with many accident at work claims and our solicitors are experienced, knowledgeable and approachable. Gus Campbell Solicitors advise clients throughout Portadown, Craigavon, Co Armagh and Northern Ireland and will help you to make a claim for an accident and ensure that you get the right advice and maximum compensation.
Our expert personal injury solicitors based in Portadown, Co Armagh will provide clear legal advice about your case and will assist you throughout the personal injury claims process to ensure that you get the compensation for an accident to which you are entitled. You should expect to receive compensation when you are injured in an accident at work which was not your fault, for the injury you suffered and also for loss of earnings and any other expenses such as medical treatment which has left you out of pocket.
Your employer must have appropriate liability insurance in place and it will usually be the insurance company, not your employer, who will pay for the cost of your case. If you fear that your employer will try to make life difficult for you should you make a claim for compensation, there are employment laws which are there to protect your rights. Gus Campbell Solicitors Co Armagh have experienced employment law solicitors who can provide legal advice about your employment rights.
Accidents at work can happen as a result of a one-off incident or also due to exposure to unsafe materials or poor work practices over a period of time. For example, incorrect lifting contrary to manual handling guidelines, use of vibrating tools or power equipment over a period of time; or exposure to chemical or other irritants which could cause skin problems, asthma or lung problems.
Whatever the cause of your accident at work, if you think you might be entitled to compensation, contact our experienced personal injury solicitors at Gus Campbell for clear advice and a no obligation, free first consultation.
If you are worried about the legal costs to you for a work accident or injury, we can arrange legal expenses insurance to cover your costs. Or you may be entitled to legal aid. If you have a successful claim for an accident at work, the insurance company will have to agree to pay your legal costs and you will keep all of your compensation settlement. Please do not hesitate to contact our personal injury department by phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org