Accident At Work Lawyer
Statistics Show Just How Prevalent Accidents
In The Workplace Can Be
Here are a few statistics that are rather sobering. Last year, according to the Health and Safety Executive, there were more than 233,000 injuries reported in the workplace. Of those, 152 resulted in fatal injuries and more than 5 million days were lost as a consequence of all these mishaps. Hidden within the statistics are, of course, many untold stories. We can be sure that a significant number of these people suffered more than just the pain of their actual injuries and undoubtedly felt this inconvenience in their bank balance. Being unable to work due to injury of course also means considerable inconvenience and hardship within personal and family lives. Furthermore, it almost invariably creates an element of friction at home as the entire family worries about the future.
Whilst we must all be concerned with these figures and they are, undoubtedly, way too high we all nevertheless need to go about our daily routines and provide our efforts and services to employers in return for a good remuneration. We all need to have our wits about us whenever working, to help avoid the likelihood of us becoming one of those statistics, but unfortunately some of us are destined to be accidentally injured.
Also, whilst the government does make efforts to ensure that statutory sick pay and some other disablement benefits may be available through collected funds, we often find that the repercussions associated with these injuries are far-reaching. We may have medical costs to bear and other expenses associated with our “adjusted” way of life now. As this incident was not of your doing and not your fault it’s simply not fair that you should be left to worry about all these additional hardships and costs.
In order to address a lot of this inequity it’s frequently necessary to launch a compensation claim for accidents suffered at work. Employers have a statutory obligation to ensure that their employees are safe when on the job and if they have not met this obligation you certainly have the right to claim compensation. It’s a good idea to consult an experienced lawyer who will be able to advise you on all aspects associated with work injury claims. Remember that the employer will likely have good counsel in their corner to help them put their case forward and insurance companies are very adept at defending their position, too.
You may be worrying about the costs associated with legal action of any kind and should therefore find out whether you will be able to pursue compensation on a no win no fee claims basis. This solution is offered by many solicitors these days and certainly takes a lot of the pressure off the injured party.
So, whilst industry watchdogs and government regulators alike try and ensure that stricter safety procedures are in place to try and lower the number of injuries and fatalities in the workplace, it’s still very important for employees to be aware of their legal rights and avenues open to them should they be unfortunate enough to be affected.