The most common injuries to occur in the workplace are lifting injuries or back injuries, usually as a result of an employer failing to provide training or specialist equipment.
Back injuries in the workplace are all too common
Most back injuries are caused by employees being asked to lift or carry heavy objects. This can result in a prolapsed disc or damage to muscles, ligaments or tendons.
The Manual Handling Regulations have been put in place to ensure the safety of employees, and back injury claims can often result from a failure to train an employee how to lift safely. Our Personal Injury lawyers are specialists in the Health & Safety at Work regulations and will ensure that bringing a claim against your employer is dealt with as efficiently as possible.
Construction sites can be dangerous places to work. Thousands of employees have suffered injury or have died as a result of accidents on building or construction sites.
The risks are particularly great if handling machinery: moving loads, working at height (falls from scaffolding or faulty lifts and hoists), moving over uneven ground, movement of site traffic, collapsing trenches, material falling from a height, electrical faults, slips and trips and dangerous substances.
Our Personal Injury lawyers are specialists in advising you whether you have a claim against your employers or the contractors of the site on which you were working.
Whether you have been working on a construction site as an employee, a visitor, a self-employed worker or contractor, you may have a claim and we will guide you through the process in a helpful and efficient manner.
Accidents at work often occur when an employer provides defective or unsuitable work equipment, or fails to provide sufficient training, which results in injury.
All employers are required to provide their employees with suitable and safe work equipment. If the equipment fails or is unsuitable, and that results in injury, an employee is entitled to bring a personal injury claim. Also, if your employer has not trained you or has provided inadequate training, again you may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim.
In certain circumstances, you can even make a claim for being provided with defective equipment if you are a self-employed worker or a contractor.
Our Personal Injury team specialises in understanding the regulations and can advise you on your personal injury claim.
Personal Protective Equipment/safety equipment
All employers are under an obligation to provide you with personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to keep you safe.
Personal protective equipment can include gloves, steel-capped boots, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, ear defenders and safety helmets.
If you have suffered an injury due to not being provided with adequate or suitable protection, or being provided with defective protective equipment, you have the right to make a claim. This may also be the case if you have not received sufficient training to use the equipment with which you have been provided.
Our Personal Injury team will be able to advise you on the prospects of success of a claim against your employer.
Repetitive Strain Injury
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), or work-related upper-limb disorders can be caused through repetitive work or a poor working environment.
This is a common complaint which is all too easily overlooked. RSI can cause pain and severe discomfort and, in some cases, prevent you from working.
If you have been diagnosed as suffering from RSI as a result of your employment, you could be entitled to bring a compensation claim.
Our Personal Injury team specialises in dealing with issues in this complex area and will give you practical and sensible advice.
Working at Height
Many jobs involve working at height, such as from a ladder, scaffold or tower. Every year thousands of employees fall while working in this environment, and the consequential injuries can be devastating.
Employers can reduce the risk of accidents by considering more suitable measures to prevent an employee falling from a height likely to cause injury, whether this is an injury caused by simply changing a light bulb in the office or falling from a tower on a construction site.
These accidents can be avoided, and our Personal Injury team specialises in advising clients in respect of the Health & Safety regulations that would apply to such compensation claims.
Workplace Slips and Trips
In busy workplaces there are many hazards that can cause serious injury.
Spillages, unswept floors or hazards left in the workplace often result in slips and trips. As a result, you may have suffered an injury and be entitled to bring a claim for compensation, as your employer is obliged to ensure that the place where you work is safe and kept free from such hazards.
Your employer is required to have insurance in place to cover accidents such as these. Apart from the sending of an initial letter, your claim will be dealt with by an insurance company on behalf of your employer.
Our Personal Injury team can help you to quickly and easily assess your situation, and advise what action to take.
Industrial Disease, Asbestos, Deafness and Vibration White Finger
There are many types of industrial disease from which employees can suffer, including mesothelioma, asbestosis, vibration white finger or repetitive strain injury, hearing loss and work-related stress.
Proper protection required in the workplace
Many of these conditions are disabling, and if it is shown that the disease or condition has been caused by your employer’s failing to protect you as an employee, our Serious Injury team can pursue a compensation claim on your behalf.
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The personal injury team at Blaser Mills in High Wycombe ‘offers a fantastic, friendly service’ while it ‘consistently manages to achieve excellent results’ in head, brain and spinal injury cases caused by slips, trips as well as road traffic and work accidents.