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Work Accident Compensation

You are entitled to receive work accident compensation when you have been injured as result of negligence on the part of your employer.

Work accidents are becoming more common and according to statistics recently published by the Health and Safety Executive, there were 6,560 non-fatal work accidents reported in Scotland between 2015/16. The HSE report showed that a large majority of accidents resulted in muscle and bone injuries.

The type of work you do can play a major role in the amount of risk you are exposed to while on the job and high-risk jobs have a proportionately higher number of injuries reported each year.

The HSE statistics show clearly that your level of risk exposure is closely related to your type of employment. Regardless of your style of employment, you are entitled to receive compensation if you have been wrongfully injured in a workplace accident.

Can I Lodge a Work Accident Compensation Claim?

If you have been injured at your workplace within the last three years and the accident was caused by negligence on the part of your employer, then you are eligible to receive compensation for your injuries and losses sustained. This can include general and special damages. Let’s take a moment to examine the differences between the two forms of damages.

Special Damages | Special damages are losses that are of the economic type. Property damages, repair costs, hospital bills, and missed employment revenue all fall into this category of damages. These damages are easy to prove as they all have a transaction receipt to validate their amounts.

General Damages | General damages are non-economic losses such as mental anguish, loss of mobility, and loss of quality of life. These type of losses are more difficult to assign a cash value. How much is someone’s lifestyle worth? These are the important questions the Court will examine in order to determine your compensation.

Who is Responsible?

Your employer is responsible for providing you with a safe place to work. This includes taking all the necessary precautions to limit and reduce risk. Employers are required to notify their employees of the risks their jobs include, as well as providing them with the proper safety training in case an emergency arises. In many cases, the injured party may not be aware of the exact circumstances of their accident. Claim Solutions Scotland Ltd will help you gather the necessary information you need to lodge your claim successfully.

What are the Laws Regarding Work Accidents?

Work accidents are occurring every day and because of the sheer number of people injured, legislators have spent decades preparing legislation to help protect employees. Below are some of the relevant legislation regarding workplace safety.

  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • Manual Handling Regulations 1992
  • Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
  • Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Working Time Regulations 1998
  • Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008
  • Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulations 2007
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

When Can I Lodge a Workplace Accident Claim?

You have three years from the date of your workplace injuries to lodge a claim for compensation in Scotland. However, it is advised to lodge your claim as soon as possible. This will give you access to the most relevant evidence such as witness testimony from the scene of the accident.

How Long Will it Take to Receive Work Accident Compensation For My Injuries?

Every work accident claim is different and must be evaluated on an independent basis in order to determine the true cause of the incident. When your claim is not contested and the other party accepts the fault for your injury, you can expect to receive speedy compensation. The courts will need more time to deal with your claim when your injuries are more severe, or the other party denies fault.

What Kind of Injuries Can I Claim?

Work injuries vary greatly depending on the circumstances. Slips, trips, and falls are among the most frequently encountered workplace injuries in Scotland. This type of injury is particularly dangerous as 95% of serious slips and falls result in broken bones. You are eligible to receive compensation for all of your injuries if they were caused by your work accident. Below is a list of the most common work injuries sustained in Scotland.

  • Wrist and Arm Injuries
  • Bruises and Cuts
  • Sprained and Broken Ankles
  • Back and Neck Injuries
  • Head Injuries

What Should I Do If I am Injured at Work?

If you are injured while at work, you need to keep a level head and follow a couple of important steps to better the chances of your claims success. Be sure to report the accident to your supervisor and record the details of the accident in your employer’s handbook, Every Employer is required to keep an accident journal in order to be compliant with HSE regulations. You may need to double check that your accident was reported to the HSE. Gather the details of any witnesses. It is important to file your claim quickly before your witnesses contact information is no longer valid. We can connect you to a solicitor from our panel who can gather all of this information for you.

How Can Claim Solutions Scotland Help Me?

Claim Solutions Scotland Ltd will work with our recommended solicitor to ensure your compensation claim is lodged correctly and effectively. They will guide you through the entire claims process, including gathering the evidence you need to prove the other party is the one at fault.

No Win No Fee

Claim Solutions Scotland Ltd understands the importance of peace of mind and that is why we operate on a conditional fee agreement platform. This means that if you are unable to secure you compensation for your injuries, we will waive our fees. No Win No Fee policies allow the injured to focus on the road to recovery rather than their legal costs.

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