As established solicitors based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK, we have years of experience in supporting our clients through substantial events throughout their lives. We at Beeston Shenton understand that being injured at work can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, particularly if you work in a high-risk industry. But what if you work in a dangerous industry? We want to provide some guidance on how to make a personal injury claim and what you can claim for.
All personal injury claims are individual
First and foremost, it is important to understand that every personal injury claim is unique. The specific circumstances of your injury, the severity of your injuries, and the details of your employment will all play a role in determining the outcome of your claim.
When you have an accident, no matter the circumstances, it can be distressing for numerous parties involved. Our personal injury team at Beeton Shenton will work with you to fight for the best possible outcome.
What jobs are considered dangerous?
Some industries are classed as more dangerous than others and workers in these industries are at a higher risk of suffering serious injuries. However, there are a few industries that always appear in the top 5 most dangerous industries list, these are agriculture, fishing, and forestry. Mostly because they involved working with large machinery.
However, construction, manufacturing, and transportation are also considered dangerous jobs in the UK. In the construction industry, workers are at risk of falling from heights, being struck by falling objects, As well as suffering from exposure to hazardous materials. In the manufacturing industry, workers may be at risk of being injured by machinery or suffering from repetitive strain injuries. And in the transportation industry, drivers and other workers may be at risk of being involved in accidents while on the job.
Accidents in the workplace
As an employer, you have a duty to protect the health and safety of your employees. This is the case for all industries, whether you work in an office, work at heights or work on a construction site. The levels of risk will differ depending on the workplace, and in turn so will what is expected of an employer.
But with high-risk industries, there are specific regulations and laws that employers must comply with, to ensure the safety of their workers. Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe working environment and to ensure that their employees are properly trained and equipped to carry out their work safely. If an employee is injured in a workplace accident, the employer may be held liable if it is found that they did not take adequate steps to protect the employee from harm.
Making a claim when you’ve been injured at work
The first step in making a personal injury claim is reporting the incident to your employer as soon as possible. This should be done in writing, and you should keep a copy of your report for your own records. Your employer is required by law to keep a record of any accidents or injuries that occur in the workplace, so this report will be important evidence in your claim.
Next, you should seek medical attention for your injuries. It is important to have your injuries documented by a medical professional as this will also be important evidence in your claim.
Once you have reported your injury and sought medical attention, you can start the process of making a claim. This will typically involve contacting a personal injury solicitor, such as ourselves at Beeston Shenton, who can guide you through the process and help you to gather the necessary evidence for your claim.
Our head of Personal Injury Jennifer O’Brien has years of experience and knowledge in dealing with various personal injury claims.
What you can claim for
When making a personal injury claim, there are a number of things that you can claim for. These include:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earnings (past and future)
- Care and assistance costs
- Travel expenses
- Damages for pain and suffering
It is important to note that the amount of compensation you can receive will depend on the specific circumstances of your injury and the extent of your losses. A personal injury solicitor will be able to advise you on the likely value of your claim and guide you through the process of making a claim.
If you have been injured at work in any of these high-risk industries, it is essential that you seek the advice of a personal injury solicitor who has experience in dealing with such cases, in order to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.