Industrial accident claims

This is a broad based category of claims which includes chemical injuries, vibration white finger, repetitive strain injury (RSI), hearing loss and asbestosis. It also includes factory accidents and kitchen accidents.

Most of these are discussed individually within this section of the guide.

Another related category is industrial diseases which are discussed in a separate section in this guide.

Where do industrial accidents occur?

They happen in any work environment which includes:

  • Factories
  • Warehouses
  • Building sites
  • Offices
  • Kitchens
  • Retail
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Construction sites

Wherever people are engaged in various roles within a particular place then there is always the risk of an accident.

Employers’ responsibility

Employers have a responsibility to ensure that you are protected against the risk of an accident or injury. This means providing you with sufficient training to do your job, adequate supervision, a safe environment and equipment which is fit for purpose.

But if any of this is missing or is flawed then the consequences can be catastrophic. Inadequate protection increases the risk of an accident which can lead to a serious injury or death.

If you have sustained an injury due to a work related accident which was caused by negligence then you may be entitled to compensation.

Making a claim for compensation for an industrial accident

Find a personal injury law firm or solicitor who has expertise and understanding in handling these types of claims. They should have knowledge about industrial environments and the types of accidents that occur. This also includes a familiarity with the legal aspects related to industrial accidents.

A claim for compensation means proving that your employer acted without due care which resulted in your injury. He/she failed to implement health and safety regulations which are designed to protect employees against workplace accidents.

If there is sufficient evidence to show that there was a lack of care on the part of your employer then this increases the chance of a successful claim.

The claims process is discussed in full in our making a claim for compensation section.

Time limit for claiming compensation for an industrial accident

There is a time limit for most personal injury claims which is 3 years from the date of the accident. However there are a few exceptions to this for example claims for asbestosis.

Your lawyer or solicitor will confirm the time limit for a claim with you.

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