You have the right to feel safe at work and should be able to go to work in an environment which won’t cause you injury or illness. Employers have a legal duty of care towards their employees, so if you’ve suffered an injury in your workplace, this can feel very unfair.
There are many ways that an accident at work could happen, whether you work in a factory, office, shop, on a farm or any other workplace. Often, these accidents happen due to faulty equipment that hasn’t been maintained properly by your employer, as they’re legally required to do.
To find out whether you could claim for faulty work equipment injuries, you can get in touch with an advisor on 0800 234 6438, or enter your details into this form.
It would be impossible for an employer to eliminate every risk, as accidents can and do happen. But they do have a duty to take reasonable steps to keep you safe and make sure risks are as reduced wherever possible.
Employers must follow various laws, such as:
If a piece of equipment was defective – i.e. didn’t operate in the way it was intended to – and this defect was responsible for your injury, then you might be able to make a compensation claim to cover the effects your injury has had on your life and finances.
FACT: Employers with more than five employees must have a written health and safety policy and a risk assessment of any aspects of the workplace which may be hazardous to either employees or visitors.
Types of injuries can vary depending on the equipment involved and the circumstances that led to your injury. However, some examples of typical injuries from defective work equipment could include:
While some injuries will be minor with short recovery times, faulty work equipment can also cause serious, long lasting injuries. No matter how serious or minor your case is, you deserve to be compensated in a fair way if you’ve suffered due to an employer’s negligence.
Health and safety is a hotly debated topic, with some seeing these laws as red tape that burdens businesses – however, statistics from the Health and Safety Executive show just how important it is that there are rules in place to protect people:
Personal injury compensation is designed to recognise the depth and severity of a persons’ suffering whilst, at the same time, ensuring that the negligence of another party doesn’t lead to financial hardship in the short or long term.
To make a successful claim, your solicitor will need to show that your employer was negligent. This means they’ll need to prove:
No matter how your injury or condition was caused, it’s best to start your claim as soon as possible while the details are fresh in your mind and while any supporting evidence is easiest to gather.
Your solicitor might ask you for some details to help them build the strongest case possible, including:
When you make a claim against your employer, they might argue that you were partly to blame for your injuries (or may deny responsibility completely). For example, they might say that you didn’t follow clear safety procedures but will accept that equipment you were required to use was broken at the time. If this happens, it’s then down to the employer to prove you were partly to blame.
If the employer succeeds, you would be held partially responsible (known as ‘contributory negligence’) which would mean your employer would not have to pay you the full amount of compensation. But this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to receive any compensation: instead, the amount you receive will be reduced to reflect your responsibility for what happened.
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If you win your case, your solicitor's success fee will be taken from the compensation you are awarded - up to a maximum of 25%. Your solicitor will discuss any fees before starting your case.