The law places a high responsibility on employers to ensure that they take care about the health and safety of their employees and to reduce the risk of a work injury solicitor making an application for accident compensation. There are statutory requirements imposed on employers both in a general sense that applies to all businesses and there is also detailed legislation that applies to almost each different type of industrial process where there may be a perceived risk to health. These regulations are contained not only in UK domestic law but are also imposed by the EC on a Europe wide basis and the legislation does in many cases allow local decisions to be made on an individual basis to ensure heath and safety. The duty imposed on employers is extremely high. It can cover instances where you are working at different premises to normal that are not owned or controlled by your employer.
Work Injury Solicitors
Our work injury solicitors are able to represent you in a work accident claim for compensation if your employer has failed to reach the safety standards demanded of him by law and as a result you have suffered personal injury. An employer should take reasonable care to ensure that your fellow workers are competent, that any machinery or equipment used is adequate and well maintained, that you are trained in the process and in the use of the equipment, that adequate safety protection is available to you and is actually used by you, that a safe system of work is employed and that a risk assessment has been carried out on any process which might involve any risk of injury in order to establish if alternative, less dangerous, procedures are available.
If you are injured at work, it is possible to make an accident at work claim for compensation if your employers have been negligent, if one of your fellow workers has been negligent or in certain cases, even in the absence of negligence, if your employer has breached a statutory duty imposed by legislation. Negligence is effectively a failure to use reasonable care. It is doing something that a reasonable person would not do, or failing to do something that a reasonable person would do under similar circumstances. It is a departure from reasonable conduct.
Health & Safety Law
Health and Safety issues have become more rigorously observed on the part of employers due to a general increase of personal injury compensation claims in the UK. Most of the legislation regarding safety at work is contained in five statutes. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 requires employers to take steps to prevent their employees from having to undertake manual handling and where this cannot be avoided, the employer must carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment. Most employees making a compensation claim for a bad back will take advantage of this legislation however employers can often escape liability if they have carried out risk assessments and provided manual handling training. Employers must also comply with the provisions of the Personal Protective Equipment At Work Regulations 1992 which requires employers not only to provide suitable and adequate protective equipment and clothing but the employer must also ensure that the employee makes use of it if he wants to avoid injury at work claims. The Provision And Use Of Work Equipment Regulations 1992 and the Workplace (Health, Safety And Welfare) Regulations 1992 cover a wide variety of health and safety issues in the workplace relating to the condition of industrial premises and equipment.
We have work injury solicitors who are experienced in almost every aspect of industrial compensation claims with some who are highly specialised and deal with just one specific type of injury caused in one specific way. This is a subject of great specialism and our expert personal injury solicitors are able to deal with a very wide range of cases involving injury caused by an inadequate system of work or by a dangerous workplace environment or in any other way during the course of employment.
Repetitive Strain Injury is caused by repeated physical movements with inadequate rest periods which does damage to muscles, tendons and nerves. The damage caused can be serious and cause both pain and disability on a permanent or semi-permanent basis. This problem is very common and leads to numerous industrial disease compensation claim settlements every year.
Work Induced Stress claims are complex issues. If an employee has suffered psychiatric illness to the knowledge of his employers as a result of a work situation and the employer subsequently returns that employee back into the same or a similar situation causing further distress then they can be liable to pay compensation to the employee. Industrial disease compensation claim settlements in excess of £100,000 have been achieved in these cases.
Occupational Skin Disease is a serious problem in certain industries. More than one in a thousand people suffer from occupational dermatitis or occupational eczema. More than 3,000 people are diagnosed as new suffers every year. Employers in certain industries must do all they can to protect their employees from irritants and failure to do so is negligence.
Vibration White Finger is a serious condition that frequently leads to industrial disease compensation claim settlements running into tens of thousands of pounds. It is caused by exposure to hand operated vibrating power tools which causes long term discomfort, tingling, numbness and whiteness of the fingers resulting from interrupted blood supply.
Respiratory Disease encompasses occupational asthma, occupational bronchitis and a number of asbestos related diseases. Certain occupations are associated with these conditions and it is employers in these industries that must take great care for the health and safety of their employees. The main legislation is The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994 which requires employers to reduce risk to an acceptable minimum and breach of these regulations is negligence.
Asbestos Related Disease mainly consists of asbestosis, mesothelioma, pleural disease and lung cancer. Most of these are life threatening diseases and thousands have died from asbestos related disease over the last century. Asbestos release is now mainly controlled as employers are aware of the intense danger of these mineral fibres however new claims from old exposure are cropping up every day due to a latency period of decades between exposure and subsequent symptoms.
No Win No Fee Injury Compensation
Umbrella Claims is a specialist organisation that deals exclusively with accident compensation claims on a mo Win No Fee basis. We will minimalise any inconvenience to you and we offer free advice without obligation from some of the best lawyers in the business. We ensure that our client’s interests are a priority and our lawyers deal with claims in a friendly, efficient and competent manner to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve in the shortest time scale possible. We operate the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client.