Compensation For Serious And Fatal Workplace Accidents

Posted by admin on June 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm. Filed under: Accident at Work

There is never any justification that can be given for an accident at work depriving somebody of their earnings or even their livelihoods. Too many work related accidents occur due to the negligence of an employer, and despite the government introducing ever more stringent regulations for health and safety officers, the number of accidents remains consistent. This is why so many people seek work accident compensation feeling that they have been let down by an employer who should have been looking out for them. Over the years 2010-2011 there were around 603,000 reported work accidents, of which 200,000 resulted in 3 days absence and 150,000 were absent for more than a week. Employers are obligated to report injuries but of the 118,000 reported 26,000 of these were major injuries. This is a huge figure that, while the figures are dropping year on year, is still too high. The number of fatalities also stands at 171. This could ultimately mean that 171 families were affected by the death of what could have been their main or even sole bread-winner.

Fosters solicitors has a huge amount of experience when it comes to offering advice for serious work-related injuries. An injury at work could result in a lifetime of dependency on medication and medical care which could amount to tens of thousands pounds worth of costs over the years. Our solicitors are adept at listening to your concerns and are capable of offering you the best advice regarding your claim for compensation. It is always important to remember that if you are still working for the company at which you had the accident, you can make a compensation claim without it affecting your position. It is your entitlement to claim the lost earnings you have suffered because of inadequate safety precautions or the negligence of the company in question.

Unfortunately, the construction industry remains one of the biggest industries for serious and fatal employee injuries. Over 2010 – 2011 half of fatal injuries were caused by falling debris, falling from a height or being hit by a vehicle. This has left many families bereaved and seeking compensation to cover the loss of somebody that is irreplaceable. At times like this, it requires trained solicitors who know when to ask questions and when to simply listen or even extend an arm of sympathy. However, it is important to know that industries like this are regulated and should comply with very stringent safety requirements. If you are seeking compensation on behalf of a loved one we can give you all of the information you require and reassure you over the case. So long as it was company negligence, then the case could be concluded very rapidly indeed.

If you want to be assured of our expertise, then we encourage you to make use of our free accident claim consultation. During this time we will be as informative about the process as possible and make you aware of how we could help.


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.

Explore our pages further or call us now on 0151 3429828 to find out more.


Personal Injury Lawyers And Heavy Industry

Posted by admin on April 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm. Filed under: Accident at Work

There are many industries that result in accidents every year, but those that result in the most injuries are the ones that deal with heavy industry. Whether it is construction or petro-chemical processing, working in a potentially hazardous environment can put employees in danger. Of course, this might be par for the course, and employees will understand what they are undertaking before they even start work there. However, if you believe that there should have been a level of safety where there was not, or there was some negligence involved in the practice of your parent company, then it is your right to make accident at work compensation.

In these industries, particularly where protective safety gear is necessitated, there are many different types of health and safety regulation. It may well be that you have your own health and safety officer who is charged with keeping everybody safe. In a perfect world, this would reduce the number of injuries caused on site but in practice, there are still far too many people sustaining devastating injuries. If you decide to seek out our personal injury lawyers, then we can advise you on what the law is regarding your industry and we can give you advice on how to proceed. An accident at work could change your life, so protecting yourself against this outcome will prove to be vital. It could pay for your treatment or tide you over while you adapt to a change in lifestyle or career.


Knowing Your Rights As An Employee

Posted by admin on April 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm. Filed under: Accident at Work

After an accident at work, many people become understandably worried about their employment status. If it wasn’t worse enough that you may have had to take time off work, or can’t even do the same job as before, there may now be a psychological component to your accident. It doesn’t have to be this way – your employer will not fire you as a result of your injuries. Neither can they fire you for initiating an accident at work claim against them. All employers have a responsibility to their employees, to keep them safe, to keep all equipment safe and usable and to minimise the risk of any accidents occurring. If however, you feel that your employer has been negligent in their duties, which has resulted in your injuries, then don’t hesitate to contact us.

We are a no win no fee solicitors which means you needn’t worry about the finances concerning your claim. Many people start an accident at work compensation claim in order to get their lives back on track, to pay for medical care and to give them something to fall back on if it turns out they can’t do the same job again. It could provide you with a vital safety-net that could help make what is already a stressful situation a bit less worrying.

Employers understand that they have requirements to fulfil by law, and they also know that if they don’t fulfil them, it could result in action like this. It is your right to initiate such a claim.


Ensuring You Can Go On Following an Accident at Work

Posted by admin on March 14, 2012 at 10:23 am. Filed under: Accident at Work

If you’ve had an accident at work, you may have more to contend with than the injuries you are suffering from as a result. As well as the financial implications of paying medical bills and loss in earnings due to time off because of injuries, you may even feel that you can’t return to work in the same place, giving you further economic worries. It is even more important, therefore, to seek accident at work compensation, to ensure that you are not suffering because of someone else’s mistake.

An injury at work can be more emotionally upsetting than a car accident with an unknown party, because you feel let down by people that you know.  Even if you do feel like you can return to work afterwards it is still your right to claim compensation for the trouble, stress and pain that you have had to deal with in the meantime.

As qualified and experienced personal injury solicitors, we can represent your case for you and help you through the difficult process. Using a specialist solicitor will often also result in a higher compensation award for you, yet with no costs for you to pay. With all of our personal injury cases, you will receive 100% of everything you are awarded, because our fees are paid by the other party’s insurers. Should your case not be successful, then you still won’t have anything to pay, as we generally don’t take on a case unless we think we can win it, knowing that we won’t get paid if we don’t.


Workplace Compensation is Not Just About Accidents

Posted by admin on February 29, 2012 at 11:13 am. Filed under: Accident at Work

When people think of civil claims, they think about the disputes that arise after an injury in the workplace, or maybe after a car or bike accident that caused serious harm above and beyond that which would be covered by an ordinary insurance policy.

However, some of the biggest and most significant compensation claims in history have been about illnesses rather than injuries, and while it may be tempting to think that working conditions in the UK are now good enough that long-term illnesses are no longer a result of employment in a particular place or in a particular position, this is sadly not always the case.

Over the last few years the courts have shown that a small number of workers have been exposed directly to asbestos, which can cause the most terrible fatal cancers, through the unsafe practices of certain contractors. A few have been exposed to legionella infection due to poor maintenance and cleaning of machinery, and there are plenty of other examples. Unfortunately, there have been dozens of cases where employees have contracted dangerous or debilitating illnesses in the course of their working day, or were exposed to an unacceptable level of risk of the same.

Contracting an illness can be just as serious as an injury at work, and depending on the circumstances, sufferers may be just as eligible to make a claim against their employer (or former employer). If you think you might fall into that category, don’t hesitate to make an enquiry and find out if you could be due for compensation.


What To Do After an Injury at Work

Posted by admin on January 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm. Filed under: Accident at Work

By contacting Fosters Solicitors you are accessing the best information on the law regarding work accident compensation. Many people every year have their lives changed by an accident at work, and all too often, these accidents were eminently preventable. And it doesn’t matter where the accident took place – it could have been a building site, or it could have been your office. Every employer has a responsibility to make sure the working environment is safe, so if you feel that that trust has been breached and has resulted in you sustaining an injury then you could be compensated for your injury at work.

Each workplace should be adequately maintained. This means that the kitchen area too, should be kept in a condition that is appropriate and doesn’t cause harm to those using it. It also means that each area should be properly cleaned to make sure it is free from potentially hazardous elements and that there are no spillages on the floors. Many companies now employ health and safety officers whose job it is to maintain the area so that it is safe for all who work with in it. However, this doesn’t necessarily protect you if you are constantly working in an area that is very loud. A damaged pair of ear defenders could lead to permanent deafness in later life, for example. By consulting us as your personal injury lawyers we can give you all of the advice you need in order to ascertain whether you can make a claim.


Your Entitlement to Make an Accident at Work Claim

Posted by admin on January 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm. Filed under: Accident at Work

There are many industries that include hazardous duty by their nature and the employees who undertake such work know the risks involved. This however, does not legislate for failures made by the employers, who always have a duty to make sure that their employees are kept safe and at minimum, they match the lawful requirements placed on them. For instance, construction is known to be an industry with a high rate of worker injury, but unfortunately, many of these injuries have come about because of negligence on behalf of the employer.

There is always a requirement to make sure that the area in which people are working is made safe. And this includes the maintenance of equipment, the proper procedures followed regarding safety wear, as well as the proper practices being instituted. If you feel that you have been let down by your employer or somebody else in your working environment and it has caused you injury, then you should get in touch with Fosters Solicitors. We are specialists when it comes to an accident at work claim, and can give you all of the information you need to know in order to make a decision. Work injuries can cause lasting damage to both your physical health and your career. You may never be able to do the same job again.

Accident at work compensation costs money, but you should not be too concerned about that since are a no win no fee solicitors, which means that you pay us nothing, no matter what the outcome is.


Assert Your Rights After Workplace Accidents

Posted by admin on December 29, 2011 at 10:59 am. Filed under: Accident at Work

Working for a living is something many people have to do for most of their lives. Whether you love or hate your position, or simply feel indifferent towards it, you can expect certain things. For example, you no doubt feel sure that you will be paid for your services, according to the terms of your contract. Meanwhile, an even more fundamental priority may concern your safety. After all, no price can be put on your health and wellbeing and so it is vital you are not placed in unacceptable danger by your employer.

In the UK, there are a number of legal stipulations that firms have to adhere to concerning worker safety and if these are not followed and an accident occurs as a result, companies can and should face serious consequences.

After all, they are making money on the basis on the endeavours of their staff members, so the least they can do is keep personnel out of harm’s way.

So, if you have suffered an injury at work, you may well be entitled to seek compensation. Of course, to be successful in your case, you must be able to establish that the problem occurred as a result of the negligence of another party.

However, by coming here to Fosters Solicitors you can pursue compensation claims without any fear of failure. Because we operate on a no win, no fee basis your finances will not be placed in jeopardy as a result of your attempt to seek justice.

To find out more about how to pursue work accident compensation, just take a look around our website or get in touch.


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