Accident At Work Claims in Shetland
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Compensation Claims Against My Employer Shetland
If you have been injured at work you may be able to make a claim against your employer.
Your employer has a duty to take reasonable care for your health and safety during working hours, this includes areas outwith their own premises. They are also responsible for the acts or failures of your fellow employees during the course of their employment, should that result in your injury.
If your employer has breached any of their duties, and as a result, you were injured, then you may have a claim.
The value of your claim will depend on the injury you sustained and how long your symptoms last. If you do not receive wages during your absence from work due to the accident, you can also claim these back.
What types of accidents can my employer be at fault for?
Some common examples of when your Employer could be at fault include:
- Was the machinery in a sufficient working order?
- Were you supplied with the correct tools to carry out the task?
- Did your injury occur due to you not having received training for the task you were involved in?
- Did you require specific clothing for the task? If so, were you provided with them? Some examples of clothing required include goggles, gloves, boots, and ear protectors.
- Did you trip due to the state of the flooring on a walkway?
- Were you provided with equipment when working at height?
- Was a risk assessment carried out for the task you were involved in?
- Did your task require more than one person? If so, were you provided help from a fellow employee?
- Did your employer keep manual handling to a minimum?
What should I do if I have an accident at work?
If you are injured at work, you should always report your accident to your supervisor/manager. Also, you should make sure the Accident Book is completed. This will ensure that your accident is recorded correctly and will avoid your Employer denying knowledge of any accident. It is also recommended that if anyone witnessed your accident you obtain their details in case they require to give a statement about the circumstances of your accident. If you are able to take a photograph of the cause of your accident this can be helpful. If any changes are implemented in your place of work following your accident, which would have prevented the accident, you should keep a note of these. For example, machinery being fixed, or correct tools being provided.
Following your accident, if you think it may be your employer's fault Harper Macleod can give you legal advice. If we feel as your solicitor you have a claim then we will take on your claim and intimate it on your Employer. We will also explain the full process to you.
Can I be fired due to my claim?
A common question is whether you can be made redundant due to your claim. Your claim for injury cannot be used as the reason for your redundancy.
If you are of the opinion that you have been made redundant due to your claim we can put you in touch with someone from our employment team to give you advice.
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Our specialist personal injury solicitors will provide you with a free initial consultation on your accident claim.
To find out if you have a claim, call us free on 0800 904 7777 for an initial chat with our specialist team or complete our online form below.
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We are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Law Society of Scotland's Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme. We are also members of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society.