Types of Work Accident Claim
Accidents in the workplace are unfortunately relatively common and vary widely in their nature. Here at Loyalty Law we have expert solicitors waiting to assist with claims in the following industries, roles and situations. Click through to find out more:
- Back Injuries
- Building Site (including Scaffold and Ladder Accidents)
- Factory & Warehouse
- Industrial Disease (including Asbestosis and Mesothelioma)
- Machinery (including Lathe, Grinding and Milling Accidents)
- Office Accidents (including Computer Injuries)
- Tree Surgeon
- Work Vehicle (including Cherry Picker and Fork-Lift Truck Accidents
Back Injuries Caused By Heavy Lifting
Back injuries caused by heavy lifting at work can take place in a whole manner of working environments. Despite pressure – and indeed legislation - on employers to provide proper training on correct lifting techniques, accidents still happen on an all too frequent basis where employees injure their backs due to heavy lifting.
Common Causes Of Back Injuries Due To Heavy Lifting
- Loading/unloading awkward or heavy items
- Inadequate or no training or lifting techniques
- Moving items of office furniture (such as filing cabinets)
- Shop workers helping customers to lift heavy items
- Couriers transporting heaving items
- Medical staff and care workers lifting heavy patients
- Injuries caused by repetitive heavy lifting
Whatever the nature of your work - if you have not received proper training on how to lift heavy objects then accidents can and do happen and can leave you in pain, often to quite a serious extent. If you have been injured as a result of lifting or moving a heavy object at work our expert personal injury solicitors can help you pursue a claim for injury compensation. Our service for you is completely free of charge and without obligation. Call us now on 0800 142 2775 for an initial free consultation with one of our solicitors.
Farm Accident Injuries
Farms can be good places to work but often contain hidden dangers that pose a risk of injury and illness to workers and visitors alike. The nature of the farming environment means that, on a daily basis, farm workers and visitors are surrounded by unpredictable animals, machinery which can be large, heavy and noisy, toxic substances and moving farm vehicles. It is, unfortunately, not uncommon for accidents to occur on farms and injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to more serious conditions such as loss of limbs and lung disorders.
Common Causes Of Farm Accidents
- Long working hours leading to loss of concentration
- Unsuitable safety clothing
- Faulty machinery
- Injuries caused by livestock
- Tractor injuries (i.e. tractor over turning or being run over by the tractor)
- Dangerous substances
- "Farmer's Lung" (caused by breathing in dust from hay)
- Industrial deafness from noisy machinery
- Exposure to asbestos
If you have been injured, or have become ill, due to an incident or accident on a farm our expert personal injury solicitors will assist you in making a claim for compensation and will provide you with advice regarding all aspects of your claim.
Hospital Work Accidents
If you work as a nurse, doctor or other member of the medical profession you will be only too aware of the risks you face in your day to day job. The nature of your job means that on a daily basis you come into contact with physically and mentally ill patients and you should be properly protected against the risk that this entails. It is the duty of your employer to do as much as they possibly can to protect you from these risks and to provide a safe working environment.
Common Accidents And Injuries Sustained By Medical Professionals Working In A Hospital Environment Include:
- Lifting injuries – for example, where a member of staff is required to lift a heavy patient and there are not enough resources available (i.e. not enough members of staff or no lifting equipment) to enable them to do this safely and without risk of injury.
- Untrained staff – this can put pressure on other, qualified, members of staff and can lead to stress and being overworked which can ultimately lead to risks being taken.
- Dangerous patients – assaults on hospital staff by dangerous patients are very common and it is important that the hospital has measures in place to protect staff and enable them to be able to deal with dangerous patients in a safe manner.
- Injuries arising from faulty hospital equipment – this can include trapping fingers in faulty machinery, electrical faults, old and inadequate bed frames, and inadequate/faulty lifting equipment.
- Slips and trips – for example on spillages which have not been cleared up.
These are just some examples of how members of the medical profession are being injured and made ill by their working environment. The NHS do go to great lengths to protect their staff and contract works from contracting diseases from patients with, for example, HIV and other infected blood diseases, however, it is often instances that are seen as less as a threat that end up rendering the employee unfit to work.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 are in place to ensure that employers, such as the NHS, have a duty to keep their staff safe and minimise the risk of them sustaining illness or injury in the course of their work. However, if you feel that you have sustained an injury or illness in your work at a hospital due to your employer failing to adequately protect you then it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible to find out whether you could be entitled to compensation.
Tree Surgeon Accidents
By its very nature, working as a tree surgeon can often involve working in risky, potentially dangerous situations. You will often be working at considerable height and with powerful machinery such as chainsaws. Your employer must ensure that you are properly trained and capable of carrying out the tasks which you have been instructed to do. They must also ensure that you are provided with adequate protective safety clothing and equipment. If you have been injured as a result of a tree surgeon accident then you should consider claiming.
Common Causes Of Tree Surgeon Accidents
- Working alone on a job which requires more than one person
- Falling from a ladder
- Being struck by branches or other debris
- Lifting heavy objects
- Chainsaw accidents
- Working with faulty machinery
- Inadequate safety clothing or equipment
- Aerial tree work
Claiming For A Work Accident
Your work accident claim for compensation will include an award for your pain and suffering caused by the injury, as well as all of your out of pocket expenses. These can be substantial as it is highly likely that you will be unable to return to work often for weeks or months due to the injuries covered here.
You should seek to claim compensation through a specialist Loyalty Law work accident solicitor as soon as possible.
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