An accident or preventable injury at work can have a real impact on your life in more ways than one, whether this is time off work, family life, or your general well being. At Scaiff we have a team of highly skilled and experienced professionals who are all members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, assuring you of our approved experience, with the requisite medical and legal knowledge crucial to these claims.
If you have been victim to an accident or injury at work we know the potentially devastating effects this can have on you and your family. Your financial commitments will continue, bills will still arrive and they will still need to be paid. In the long term your ability to work at the same level you did before or to continue in the job you were doing may disappear. You may need long term medical help or treatment and in the worst-case scenario you may never be able to return to work.
Every employer has a duty of care to ensure that its workplace is safe and its employees can work in safety. The primary legislation is the Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 and if your employer hasn't ensured it complies with the general principles of health and safety at work then they are liable for any injury or illness at work that their employees might suffer. This includes things such as proper training, ensuring your work area is properly maintained and that all appropriate safety equipment is provided and in good working order.
It is unlawful for any employer to attempt to dissuade you or threaten you not to make a claim and if you are dismissed or feel you have no alternative but to leave then you will be able to claim for unfair or constructive dismissal too.
However, there is a strict three year time limit in which to start your claim and so it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
Scaiff solicitors are here to help you to decide if you should be making a claim and what type of compensation you deserve to ensure you are left in a situation that resembles the life you enjoyed, as close as possible, prior to your injury or illness.
If you have suffered an accident or injury at work
Why not get in touch with Scaiff solicitors personal injury team today. We would also advise a couple things you could and probably should be doing even if you're not ready to talk to us face to face just yet. You should be making sure that any incident or accident is properly recorded at your workplace using the employers reporting process. Then consider writing everything down and recording exactly what you think happened, who might have seen it happen and what injuries or adverse affects you might have suffered. If you're unable to do that, get someone to do it for you.