Regardless of how many precautions are put in place by your organisation, accidents are inevitable. Following all the safety protocols and SOPs might reduce the risk of such happenings significantly, but completely eradicating such possibilities still remains a task to be achieved.
Injuries and damages caused by these workplace accidents are of different types ranging from something as minor as cuts and lacerations to severe injuries like broken bones, amputations, severe burns, and at times, even death.
If you, or someone you know, was unfortunate enough to experience a mishap at work resulting in injuries, know that you might have the right to submit a workplace accident claim in Glasgow and get compensated.
Claiming For Accidents At Work
The law of the UK makes it mandatory for all employers and business owners to provide safe conditions for their workers. They are legally responsible for the welfare of their staff and anyone else present on their premises. The legal document clearly mentions that all businesses should have the employer’s liability insurance and thereby, conform to health and safety rules to make sure that all guidelines are met.
Therefore, if you think your employer did not fulfill their responsibility and showcased negligence, which resulted in you picking up injuries, you have the right to claim compensation. If you get your claim for a work accident successful, you’ll get your deserved amount from the employer’s liability insurance.
There are a few instances where you’re still entitled to injury compensation even if you had some degree of involvement in the accident. This is possible if your employer was deemed as mainly responsible for your injury.
What Can You Make A Work Accident Claim For?
You will be eligible for a work accident claim if you sustain injuries at work for any of the below-listed reasons:
- Assault at workplace.
- Negligence of colleagues or employer.
- Objects falling.
- Toxic and hazardous substances.
- Faulty and dangerous machines at the workplace.
- Poorly maintained equipment.
- Wrong practices and safety precautions not being followed.
- Inadequate training.
- Mishaps occurring while using a forklift or any other vehicle.
- Manually handling objects resulting in accidents because of lack of training.
- Industrial damages and injuries like vibration white finger or hand-arm vibration syndrome.
How Much Compensation Can You Claim For Work Accidents
The compensation amount you will receive for workplace accidents may vary because of several reasons and factors. These factors include the severity of the accident and injury, whether you need time off from work to recover from injuries, in case you do, then for how long, and how many other people or your dependents are impacted by the injury you sustained.
In order to get a fair idea of the amount of compensation you will get is by getting a free initial consultation with one of our expert solicitors at Hamilton Douglas Legal. Our representatives will thoroughly evaluate your situation and advise you accordingly.
We will also let you know about our fee if you’re willing to hire us for your claim process, and this would be on a No Win No Fee basis.
Time Limit For Work Accident Claims
The law of the UK gives a maximum of 3-year time limit in which you have to submit your work accident claim. If you fail to make a claim within this period, your case might be deemed as time-barred and thereby you will lose your compensation amount.
This 3-year duration starts from the date when the accident happened, or from the day when you realised that your injury is a direct consequence of the workplace mishap. The latter case is most useful when there is exposure to asbestos because you might not be able to figure out that you have contracted mesothelioma, which is a disease related to asbestos.
If the case proves to be fatal, this 3 year time will start from the date when the victim dies. If this death was caused by mesothelioma, this 3 year period will begin from the date of the post mortem since the disease might not have been diagnosed until death occurred and it was only found during the post mortem.
If the victim died while dealing with their claim process, the 3 year period will commence from the date of their death. This will allow their family or closed ones to continue the process of the claim.