An accident at work may result in lasting discomfort, loss of earnings and could even inhibit your ability to work in the future. If you have suffered an accident as a result of defective machinery or equipment you should talk to an expert in the claims handling team at Edwards Hoyle. We will advise you quickly and at no charge, whether we consider you should pursue compensation for your accident.
Places of work will present employees and visitors to the sites with varying degrees of risk. Two key acts place duty of care on the owners, operators and controllers of equipment in the workplace, the acts are there to ensure responsibility is clear and governs the installation, maintenance and required training to use equipment.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment 1998 and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 acts are both detailed on the Health and Safety Executive's website. The acts should also be displayed in appropriate places in the work environment.
Business responsibilities to protect places of work from defective work machinery or equipment: It is the responsibility of your employer to ensure that the equipment you use is suitable for its purpose, that it is safe, both when it is installed and on an ongoing basis, that operators have sufficient training and understanding of the equipment and that there are appropriate emergency stop devices. This even extends to cover equipment that you may own, but bring to work for the purpose of carrying out your job as you might if you are a site worker using your own tools.
I have had an accident at work, what should I do?
Your first consideration should be any necessary medical attention, and then as soon as it is convenient for you to do so you should speak to an expert at Edwards Hoyle. Just give us a call and we'll arrange a telephone appointment with a work accident claims specialist.
What will the accident claims specialist need to know?
Our specialist will discuss your accident with you and determine whether you would be likely to win compensation should you make a claim. If we believe you have a strong case we will accept your case and act on your behalf. At this stage we take out what's called "After the event insurance" this will protect you against any costs should the claim not be successful.
Once the party at fault's insurers have accepted responsibility we will ensure you have the appropriate medical attention to help you get your life back to normal.
How much will it cost to pursue my accident claim?
Your claim will not cost you anything, even if you are not successful. The insurance will cover our costs if we do not win your case. If we are successful then you will receive the full amount of damages awarded to you. This is called a no win no fee arrangement.
How much will I get?
The amount of compensation awarded depends on all circumstances taken into account including the injuries you have sustained and other ways in which the accident has affected your life.