Who can claim for work accident compensation?
The short answer to this question is that anyone who has suffered an injury at work due to the negligence of either their employer, or a colleague, can claim compensation.
In the past, workers in places such as factories, warehouses and building sites had to put up with dangerous conditions as a matter of course. Many bosses tended to look upon their employees as being more or less expendable and this was an attitude which persisted until more recent times when, thankfully, workers’ rights meant that safer conditions came to be the norm.
When you go out to work for a living there are a few things which you should be able to take for granted. The first of these is that you should be paid for the work you do, and the second is that the environment in which you work should be completely safe. If your employer doesn’t make every effort to ensure that this is the case then they are guilty of negligence and responsible for any injuries you may have suffered. Injuries sustained at work tend to fall into two distinct categories.
In some cases an accident may have occurred because the right safety equipment wasn’t provided, or perhaps you slipped and fell over debris such as litter which hadn’t been cleared up or the likes of loose wires or a patch of oil. Other workplace injury tends to take the form of conditions which arise over the longer term, due to an unsafe working environment. If you work with vibrating equipment such as a drill, for example, without the right safety gear or required rest breaks, then you may develop a condition such as vibration white finger, whilst a dusty environment could lead to breathing difficulties.
In either of these cases, a successful claim for compensation will depend upon demonstrating that your employer failed to provide a safe working environment and that this resulted in you suffering an injury. The evidence for this claim will consist of written records such as medical reports and your employers’ accident book, as well as receipts for any expenses arising from your injury.