When an employee suffers an injury during the course of employment, however big or small, through no fault of their own, the injured person is entitled to make a claim against the insurers of said employer. If you have had an accident at work, you MUST ensure that it is reported in the accident book with the relevant employer. It goes without saying that medical attention must then be sought. There are also burdens upon the employer, who have an obligation to report accidents pursuant to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).
In statistics recently published by the Health and Safety Executive, it has been revealed that 144 workers were killed during the course of their employment in 2017 with 86 of those workers being aged between 16 and 59. Thankfully, the happening of fatal accidents is a rare event. The majority of fatal incidents took place in the Construction sector, which is arguably one of the most hazardous occupational environments. Thus the construction sector is heavily regulated to protect employees; breaches of these regulations are more common than one might think. Breaches of construction regulations can be extremely dangerous and we deal with complicated cases of this kind on a daily basis.
What is perhaps more startling is that 100 members of the public were killed due to work related activities in 2017/2018. Further documented statistics reveal that there were a whopping 70,116 injuries reported under RIDDOR, all varying in severity. These injuries resulted in 5.5 million missed days from work with 434,000 injuries which resulted in an absence of more than 7 days. Clearly, if the accident was not your fault, losses accrued from the outset can include loss of earnings, treatment and medical expenses – and that’s not even including the pain and suffering for the injury itself.
Here at Farleys, we deal with a plethora of accidents at work – ranging from minor injuries right through to those injuries which are life changing. Our experienced team will guide you through the process with skill and care. Call our personal injury solicitors today on 0845 287 0939 or contact us via our online contact form.