Factory accident claims
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According to statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive, there were more than 3,000 accidents at work reported in the manufacturing industry in 2013/14.
These accidents were caused by several different factors, with the most common being:
- contact with dangerous machinery
- being hit by an item falling from height
- being injured as a result of lifting
- slips, trips and falls
- exposure to dangerous substances
All UK employers have a duty of care to make sure all employees have a safe working environment - and factory workers are no different.
If you have an accident and suffer an injury because your employer has failed to take the necessary steps keep you safe at work, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
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Types of factory accident claims
Due to the hazardous nature of factories, accidents can happen due to a wide variety of reasons and can result in a lot of different types of injury.
Some of the most common factory accidents that cause injury include:
Slips, trips and falls
Falls from height
Forklift truck accidents
Lifting heavy objects
All of these accidents have the potential to have life changing consequences, and in some cases can even lead to fatal accidents.
Regardless of how serious or minor your injury is, if the accident was caused by the negligence of your employer than you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
How much compensation can you claim for a factory accident?
The amount of compensation you could win following a factory accident depends on a number of different factors specific to your injury.
Compensation payouts are made up of two types of damages: General damages and Special damages.
General damages are awarded to compensate you for the pain and suffering you may have been caused as a direct result of the injury, so the amount you are awarded will depend on the severity and nature of the injury.
Special damages are paid to cover any expenses you may have incurred because of your injury, which can include loss of earnings, medical expenses, treatment/rehabilitation costs etc.
To find out more about how much compensation you could be entitled to, see our detail personal injury claims payout guide.
Establishing that your employer is negligent using the 'Six Pack'
If you work in a factory, you should be protected by specific health and safety regulations that are known as the 'Six Pack'.
The Six Pack covers the following aspects of safety at work:
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
- The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations
- The Manual Handling Regulations
- The Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
- The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations
These regulations are designed to prevent factory accidents from happening, and mean that you be properly trained to carry out all tasks safely and be provided with the necessary equipment, work on well maintained machines and so on.
How to claim against your employer
It's common to feel uncomfortable at the thought of making a compensation claim against your employer, but don't worry - they will not be required to pay your compensation personally so they won't be left with a huge bill they can't afford.
All employers are required to take out employer's liability insurance which is designed to cover the costs of any personal injury claims made against them by their employees, so if you have a claim your compensation will be paid by the insurance company.
Also, it's worth remembering that it is illegal for your employer to sack you or treat you any differently if you make a compensation claim against them. If you were to lose your job because you made a factory accident claim, then this would be seen as "unfair dismissal".
It's also important to make a claim as this can help highlight the safety issues in the factory which may not have been taken seriously before, meaning the workplace safety will be improved for your colleagues.
Compensation payouts can help with your recovery
It is likely that a factory injury will cause you to take time off work while you get better, which could mean you lose earnings or receive reduced pay during this time.
Your compensation payout will take into account any loss of earnings, as well as other expenses you may have incurred as a result of your injury such as treatment costs, rehabilitation, medication, travel and accomodation.
The payout will also take into account the pain and suffering caused by the injury, and the effect it has had on your day-to-day life, social life etc.
Making a claim for compensation after a factory accident can help you pay for your recovery and remove any financial pressure so you can concentrate on getting better and getting back to normal.
Making a factory accident claim
You could be entitled to make a claim for compensation if your factory accident:
- happened in the last three years
- was someone else's fault
- resulted in an injury
To start your claim, or to find out more information, get in touch with the personal injury specialists at CL Legal...
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