When a worker is injured in a factory accident, it can be a traumatic and life-changing experience. Unfortunately, these types of accidents are all too common in the United Kingdom, with an average of over 600,000 people per year being injured in accidents in the workplace.
It is important that those who have suffered from a factory accident receive the full compensation they are entitled to. This can include not only medical expenses, but also lost wages and disability benefits. Fortunately, there are laws in place to protect workers and ensure that they receive the compensation they deserve.
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What Should I Do If I Am Injured In A Factory Accident?
The most important thing for those who have been injured in a factory accident is to seek legal advice as soon as possible. A qualified solicitor can help to ensure that any claims are made in a timely fashion and that the right amount of compensation is sought. In order to make a successful claim, the individual must be able to demonstrate that the factory accident was caused by the negligence of the employer or other responsible party. This could be due to inadequate health and safety regulations, inadequate training, or equipment that is not up to standard.
You should also ensure that:
- The accident is recorded in the Accident Book or similar document
- Any CCTV footage is retained
- You seek First Aid as soon as possible
- Details of witnesses are obtained
- You cooperate with any factory accident investigation
- Photos of any spillage or defect are taken
What Are The Time Limits For A Factory Accident Injury Claim?
It is also important to be aware of the time limits that apply in the United Kingdom when making a personal injury claim. The time limit for making a claim is three years from the date of the accident, or from the date the injury was first diagnosed. It is also important to remember that factory accident claims can be complicated and you should seek the advice of a specialist solicitor who is experienced in this area of the law as soon as possible.
What Type Of Factory Accident Claims Are There?
Common factory accidents include:
- Tripping over produce and equipment
- Slipping as a result of produce and liquid on floors
- Manual handling injury claims
- Being struck by falling objects
- Falling from ladders or scaffolding
- Crushing injuries
- Vehicle related injuries
- Forklift truck injuries
What Injuries Are Suffered in Factory Accident Claims?
Common injuries sustained in factory accidents include:
- Strains and sprains
- Muscle and ligament damage
- Fractured arms
- Fractured legs
- Wrist and elbow joint injuries
- Facial and other scarring
- Spinal injuries
- Brain and head injuries
- Eye Injuries
Responsibilities of The Employer
It is the responsibility of your employer to do all they reasonably could have done to avoid you suffering injury in a factory accident.
They must provide appropriate equipment, including PPE, which is properly maintained and ensure that employees are trained to use it. They must also, if possible, avoid their employees becoming engaged in manual handling at work or at least reduce the risk of injury from manual handling.
Employers are also responsible for the negligent actions of their employees, that is providing the employee was acting in the course of their employment. This is called vicarious liability and is a common source of factory accident claims.
Having a good system of housekeeping can also be a good way of avoiding factory accidents because the unsafe state of factory floors is a common cause of factory accident injuries.
Will My Factory Accident Claim Be Successful?
The good news is that the majority of factory accident claims are successful. This means that those who have been injured in a factory accident have a good chance of receiving the compensation they deserve. For those who have been injured in a factory accident, it is important to remember that they are not alone. There are a number of organisations that provide support and advice to those affected by workplace accidents including the Health and Safety Executive and many Trades Unions.
You should also seek advice from a qualified solicitor. They will be able to advise on the best course of action and can help to ensure that any claims are made in a timely fashion and that the right amount of compensation is sought. If you have been injured in a factory accident, you should not hesitate to seek legal advice. With the right help, you can ensure that you receive the full compensation you are entitled to.
At Macks Solicitors we have an excellent record in bringing and winning factory accident claims. These claims can initially be denied so you need lawyers who have the persistence and desire to win these claims even when they are not straightforward. All our claims are taken on a NO WIN NO FEE basis so you can bring your claim with confidence because you will not be out of pocket in the unlikely event your claim is unsuccessful.
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For more information about making an accident at work claim, you can call us on 01642 843 667; alternatively, complete our online contact form and one of our accident at work solicitors will be in touch.
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