Lawford Kidd, Personal Injury Solicitors

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Been in an accident at work? Here's how to claim compensation

Employers are required by law to provide a safe and hygienic work environment, especially if you work in an industry where there could be potentially hazardous situations, such as construction or engineering.

Can I make a claim for an accident that happened at work?

Yes, but you will need to demonstrate that your employer's negligence allowed for your injuries to occur. Negligence is the term used to describe a duty of care breach that causes harm.

Your employer owes you a duty of care in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act of 1974 (HASAWA). They are required to take all necessary precautions to protect your safety while you are at work and engaged in work-related activities.

Do I have to make a claim right away?

In Scotland, personal injury claims must be filed within the allotted period. According to the Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973, this normally applies three years after the date the damage occurred.

In Scotland, those who are younger than 16 cannot advocate for themselves in court. The time restriction is suspended in these circumstances, and a parent or legal guardian may submit a claim on the child's behalf. If a personal injury claim has not yet been filed by the time the claimant turns 16, they will have the customary 3 years to do so.

What counts as an accident at work?

There are many ways you can be injured in an accident at work, below are some examples:

  • Slips, stumbles, and falls can result in minor injuries like sprained ankles or serious head damage. Walkways should be kept clear of clutter and liquids in order to prevent slips, trips, and falls.
  • Injury from improperly handling objects because of insufficient training can result in a back injury.
  • Faulty equipment - Any piece of machinery used at work needs to be properly maintained, including performing regular maintenance checks. An employee might sustain a finger crush injury, for instance, if a conveyor belt breaks.
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