Every year thousands of workers are injured in accidents at work. In 2013 in the UK alone, 78,000 workers experienced a workplace injury and over one million workers suffered from a work-related illness. If you’ve had an accident at work or suffered from a work-related illness, find out how compensation could help you.
Why You Should Seek Help
Injuries and work-related illnesses can have a severe impact on you and your family’s life. In addition to experiencing pain and suffering, you may also find there are real financial consequences. Lost earnings, the cost of medical treatment and other related expenses soon add up, and you may find yourself seriously out of pocket. In such circumstances, compensation can really help. Not only will it ease the financial burden of an injury or illness, but it can help to take away the stress and worry too.
In the workplace, your employer has a duty of care for your health, safety and welfare. This means they must ensure that your working environment is safe and that you’re protected from injury and illness. If you have suffered as a result of a workplace injury or illness that was not your fault, you may have a case for compensation.
Who Can Claim and For What?
It’s important to note this duty of care applies to you regardless of your employment status. So even if you’re self-employed or a casual worker you still have the right to make a claim for compensation. Work-related injuries and illnesses take many forms and are caused by many things. From inadequate staff training to exposure to faulty equipment, if your injury or illness was caused by your working environment you could have a claim for compensation.