Factory Accident Claims
If the correct health and safety procedures are not followed within a factory environment, employees can be at significant risk of falling victim to an accident at work. It is therefore important that employers are vigilant to help ensure that the risk of injury to their factory workers is minimised.
If you work in a factory and have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to pursue a claim for accident compensation. To find out if you have a valid claim, call 0800 678 1410 for a free case assessment. This is conducted over the phone and is provided without any obligation to proceed.
An experienced work accident solicitor will discuss your accident and provide answers to any questions you have about your case or the claims process. If the solicitor can help, they will provide you with a no win, no fee service. This means that there are no upfront fees, and if they are unable to win your claim, you won’t pay them a penny.
Is my employer at fault for my factory accident?
To be able to make a successful claim for compensation following a workplace accident, it must be possible to prove that your employer was at fault for your accident.
Your employer has a legal duty of care to provide their workers with a safe work environment. The employer is legally obliged to minimise risks of accidents and injuries at the workplace through rigorous and frequent risk assessments and the employment of safety measures to minimise hazards. If an employer fails to take these measures to protect workers from harm, they will be liable to pay compensation if an employee suffers an illness or injury in the workplace.
Examples of factory accidents that could give rise to a potential personal injury claim include the following:
- Injuries caused by faulty machinery and factory equipment
- Trips and slips on spillages or obstructions
- Exposure to dangerous substances and chemicals
- Accidents and injuries caused by inadequate training
- Inadequate safety measures against hazards
- Injuries sustained through manual handling or heavy lifting
- Being hit by items falling from heights
- Accidents caused by forklift trucks and other vehicles
- Not being provided with the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
If you believe that your illness or injury was caused by a breach of your employer’s duty of care, contact a solicitor to discuss initiating a claim for compensation. Call 0800 678 1410 for a free assessment of your case and receive guidelines on how much compensation you are likely to be awarded for your factory accident.
Regulations in place to protect factory workers
All employers must abide by a number of rules and regulations aimed at providing health and safety protection to employees, and preventing accidents from occurring. This is the case whether you work in a factory, an office or on a building site. These regulations include the following, which are collectively known as the ‘six pack‘:
- The Manual Handling Regulations
- The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
- The Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations
- The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations
If an employer fails to meet the requirements set out in these regulations, and it results in an accident or injury being sustained by a factory worker or visitor, they can potentially be held liable for compensation.
How much compensation can I expect?
The aim of a personal injury claim is to compensate you for the pain, suffering and financial losses caused by the negligence of another person or company. So the amount of compensation that is awarded can vary massively, as it is judged on a case by case basis, taking into account your specific injury and circumstances.
The amount of compensation you are entitled to claim will be based on the following:
- the injury or injuries you have sustained, and the impact this has had on your day-to-day life
- loss of earnings from being unable to work, as well as future earnings if the injury is ongoing
- the cost of any medical treatments required, such as physiotherapy, medications, etc.
- transport costs incurred for hospital or doctors appointments
- any other financial losses that can be linked to your accident
The amount of damages awarded can also be affected by the level of liability on the part of your employer. In some cases, your employer could argue that you were partly responsible for your accident or the extent of injuries sustained. This is known as contributory negligence. If this argument is successful, the amount of compensation awarded would be reduced by a percentage based on how much your own actions contributed towards your injury or illness.
Benefits of using a solicitor
Solicitors understand that for most people, making a claim for compensation will be a relatively new and potentially daunting task. They will aim to ensure that clients feel at ease and confident in their ability to achieve the highest compensation possible. This all starts with a free case assessment, which is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and get a feel for the level of service your solicitor can provide.
Benefits of using a highly experienced solicitors to process your claim include:
- 100% no win, no fee service
- Commitment to negotiating maximum compensation
- Regular updates on progression throughout your claim
- Local solicitors in towns and cities throughout the UK
If you would like to discuss the specific details of your case and receive guidance and advice on the likely outcome that you can expect, call free on 0800 678 1410. Alternatively, you can enter your details into the contact form below to receive a call back from a friendly legal adviser.