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Workplace Injuries and Legal Rights: What Employees Need to Know

The last thing anyone would expect in a normal workday is to be injured on the job, but the reality is that this happens every day. Accidents at work happen. But that doesn’t mean you should be left in a worse situation. Personal injury claims can help you recover from the financial impact of workplace injuries, especially if it is because of employer negligence.

Employer & Employee Responsibility

As an employee, your employer should ensure safe working conditions. In fact, regardless of the work you do, your employer is responsible for ensuring that you are safe at work. This not only includes employees but also any visitors to their premises. Conducting risk assessments and putting protective measures in place is vital to protect employees against unnecessary accidents in the workplace. Aspects such as providing safety equipment and health and safety training are important. This is covered by Health and Safety guidelines as well as legislation.

As an employee, you have a responsibility to take reasonable care for your health and safety as well as the health and safety of others as best as possible. This includes cooperating with health and safety policies, getting training and reporting anything that could interfere with health and safety while working.


Accidents at Work

Accidents at work are common and occur almost every day. They can be the result of negligence from the employer, faulty equipment, or insufficient training, among other reasons. If you sustain an injury as a result of an accident at work it can cause both physical and financial distress.

It is important if you have suffered an injury or illness as a result of a workplace accident you know your rights, and you record and report the accident appropriately.


Know your rights

As an employee, you have the right to work in a safe, healthy environment. This includes your employer working to mitigate and control any risks to your safety. Additionally you should be supplied with PPE.

You have the right to stop and leave work if you have concerns for your safety and tell your employer about your concerns without being disciplined for it.

Taking breaks during the day and having time off from work during the work week is also a right.

If you have been injured as a result of being denied any of your rights or as a result of negligence from your employer, you could have the grounds for a personal injury claim.


Personal Injury Claim

If you have been involved in an accident at work that was not your fault, and you have suffered an injury from this it is possible to make a personal injury claim.

In order to do this there are a few steps and notes to consider.

A personal injury claim must be made within three years of the accident.

You should keep a detailed record of the accident and send it to your manager as well as ensure you keep a copy for yourself.

See a doctor to document and treat any injuries as a result of the workplace accident.

Importantly if you have suffered an injury that was not your fault, and you want to make a claim for compensation you should contact a personal injury solicitor.


Conclusion

Suffering an injury as a result of a workplace accident can be devastating. You may find that you not only suffer physical injury but also psychological effects and financial impacts. If you believe the accident was not your fault or was the result of negligence from your employer you should contact a personal injury solicitor and make a claim for compensation.


Workplace Injuries and Legal Rights: What Employees Need to Know