No Need to Suffer Work Accidents in Silence

Posted by admin on May 27, 2012 at 8:53 am. Filed under: Accident at Work

It’s true that workplaces have become much safer over recent years. Health and safety legislation has caused firms to focus more time and resources on effectively managing risks. However, accidents do still occur and they can have devastating consequences.

If you’ve suffered an injury while performing your role, you might be entitled to claim work accident compensation and there are a number of reasons why you should consider taking this course of action.

Firstly, suffering physical harm because of the negligence of another party can leave you with a great feeling of frustration and injustice. While the incident wasn’t your fault, you’re the one who’s left in pain and distress. By contacting personal injury solicitors, you stand to achieve a sense of justice and this is an important part of the healing process.

Secondly, you might have been left out of pocket because of the incident and any money you secure through your injury claims can be used to cover this. From medical bills to lost earnings, there are many ways in which accidents in the workplace can leave you facing financial strain.

A third reason for you to consider contacting personal injury lawyers concerns the message this sends out to your employer and to other firms around the country. By taking a legal stand and defending your rights, you help to demonstrate that safety lapses will not be tolerated. This could have the effect of reducing risks to others further down the line.

Here at Fosters Solicitors we’re experts when it comes to cases like this and could be perfectly placed to help you.


A Guide to Work Injury Compensation

Posted by admin on May 17, 2012 at 8:29 am. Filed under: Accident at Work

All workers in the UK have certain rights with regard to their safety in the workplace. Indeed, if you sustain an injury or illness at your place of work because your employer has been negligent in some way then you may well be entitled to make a claim for work injury compensation.

There are many different types of injury or illness that can be claimed for, and many ways in which an employer can demonstrate negligence in their duty of care. In fact, the most common physical injuries that are sustained in UK workplaces are slips or trips, manual handling accidents and falls from height. However, conditions such as dermatitis and carpal tunnel syndrome are also becoming increasingly frequent as well. Psychological injuries such as anxiety, stress and depression also account for a substantial number of working days lost due to ill health.

Regardless of what some litigiously-minded people may tell you, if you suffer with an injury or illness at work, your first consideration should always be your health. Even if you feel that a work-related injury or illness is relatively minor, you should always seek out qualified medical attention before you make any report.

The reason you should do this (aside from making sure you’re OK) is that you must be able to prove that you have been injured in order to make any kind of claim for personal injury compensation. Obtaining immediate medical treatment will prove that you have sustained an injury attributable to your work as a note of it will be made in your medical records.

Once you have received adequate medical treatment, you need to report your accident or incident in your employer’s Accident Report Book. The account you write is important as it will be used to support any compensation claim you make. It is worth remembering that you only need to record the facts in your report (i.e. you don’t need to apportion any blame). Make sure you retain a copy your report once you have finished writing it.

If you are absent from work due to your injury or illness for longer than three days then your employer is legally obliged to report it to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Although an HSE investigation does not in any way guarantee a successful compensation claim, it is fair to say that their findings could significantly help your cause.

If ever you do suffer with a work-related accident or illness, make sure you get in touch with us here at Fosters Solicitors. We operate on a ‘No win, no fee’ basis, so you can be sure that we will not take a penny if you lose your claim and will give you every single cent if you win. Certainly, you can rest assured that you have nothing to lose and everything to win when you make a personal injury compensation claim through us.

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Making a Personal Injury Compensation Claim after a Motorbike Accident

Posted by admin on May 7, 2012 at 8:05 am. Filed under: Compensation Claims

There are few things that feel as liberating as riding your motorbike on a sunny afternoon. Certainly, the inherent thrill of being able to go so fast whilst all the while being relatively unprotected is what gives biking its unique appeal.

However, this is also what makes biking so potentially dangerous.

Indeed, it has been estimated that even though motorcycles account for a very small number of vehicles on the road, they are believed to be involved in around 20% of Britain’s road traffic accidents (RTAs).

Many drivers take an almost automatically negative view of bikers and believe them to be the cause of a great many accidents. However, the law makes no such assumptions. Indeed, motorbike accident claims are treated in the same way as claims involving cars. Therefore, if you are involved in an accident whilst out on your bike and you can prove that your injuries were caused by the negligence of another driver, you could well make a valid accident claim and receive compensation.

As with a car accident, you need to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you sustained an injury as a direct result of someone else’s negligence in order to make a successful claim. The real crux of this is that you need to have suffered an actual injury. To be sure, it doesn’t matter a jolt if you can prove beyond any doubt that the other driver deliberately caused the accident; your claim will mean nothing if you cannot show that an actual injury resulted from the accident.

In fact, the only way that you can make a personal injury compensation claim without having a physical injury is to try and prove that the traumatic experience of the accident resulted in you suffering psychological damage. However, this option is seldom as successful as the physical injury route.

However, even if you suffered no ill effects at all, you can still make a separate compensation claim if your bike or any other equipment belonging to you was damaged because of the accident. Again though, you must be able to show that your property suffered actual damage.

If ever you do become involved in an accident whilst on your motorbike, make sure you get in touch with us here at Fosters Solicitors. We will provide you with friendly and professional support throughout your compensation claim, as we are dedicated to ensuring you receive any monies you are entitled to for your injuries.

Furthermore, because we operate on a ‘No win, no fee’ basis, we will not take a penny if you lose your compensation claim. Similarly, you can also be sure that you will receive 100% of your awarded compensation if you win. This is because our personal injury lawyers are paid directly by the insurers; therefore you can rest assured that your compensation claim won’t cost you anything at all.

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