Accidents at Work
T. Rees & Co Solicitors frequently act for claimants who have been injured during the course of their employment. An employee can be injured as a result of the employer’s negligence or breach of statutory duty.
We have successfully concluded compensation claims for claimants who have suffered brain injuries, multiple fractures, scarring injuries, neck / shoulder / back injuries and injuries to the limbs
The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
These regulation require all employers to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to health and safety of employees. The purpose of a risk assessment is to minimise the risk of employees being injured and where an employer employs five or more employees, the risk assessment should be in writing.
The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
These regulations impose a duty on the employer to ensure that all lifting equipment provided is safe and the risk of a person falling or being crushed is minimised. The regulations require lifting equipment to be properly maintained and all lifting operations to be properly planned and supervised.
The regulations also require employers to ensure that employees are not injured when using the equipment and there is no risk of them falling or being trapped by it.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005.
These regulations require employers to ensure that all work carried out at height is properly planned, properly supervised and carried out safely. The employer is under an obligation to take sufficient measures to prevent employees from falling and covers equipment such as scaffolds, cherry pickers, scissor lifts, mobile scaffold towers, ladders and raised platforms. A ladder should be used only where it can be demonstrated that a more suitable form of work equipment cannot be used.
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.
Removed the presumption that a breach of the employer’s obligations created a civil liability. However breaches of the Regulations are evidence of the employer’s negligence and are therefore relevant to a civil claim for compensation.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
Imposes obligations on the employer to ensure that work equipment is suitable for its intended use and is not defective.
Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992.
These regulations require all employers to provide suitable personal protective equipment such as hardhats, goggles, high visibility vests, steel toe capped safety boots and gloves.
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
These impose a duty on the employer to avoid the need for employees to carry out manual handling operations at work which involve a risk of being injured, but where it isn’t possible to avoid the risk entirely to keep the risk to a minimum. The regulations provide important guidance as to the maximum weights that can be safely lifted manually so as to minimise the risk of injury.
We can also recover compensation for the following:
- Loss of earnings whether employed or self employed.
- Loss of bonuses, allowance & holiday entitlement
- Loss of overtime earnings.
- Loss of future earnings.
- Loss of pension.
- An award for handicap on the labour market where an injured person could find it more difficult to obtain alternative employment if they were to lose their job.
- Damage to clothing & work equipment.
- Medical treatment costs including medication, physiotherapy, osteopathy, private operation costs, chiropractic treatment cost and the costs of any disability equipment.
- Care awards for people who looked after an injured claimant.
- Loss of amenity for claimants who are unable to carry out or fully participate in pre-accident hobbies or sport.
- Travelling Expenses.
- Compensation for the additional cost of holidays as a result of the claimant’s injuries.
- Compensation for loss of enjoyment of holidays or holiday cancellation costs.
Further relevant information about accidents at work is included in the Legal Blogs Section relating to ladders and stepladders, handrails, care award claims and settlement offers in personal injury claims.
Specialist representative in claims involving accidents at work.
With many years of experience, T. Rees & Co in Bexleyheath are the perfect choice for representation in an accident at work claim. We provide home visits for all claimants in Greater London, Kent, Essex, Surrey, East & West Sussex. We can also represent claimants living anywhere in England or Wales. All work is undertaken on a no win no fee basis.
If you’ve had an injury at work.