What do I need to do in order to make claims for finger cuts in a factory against my employer? I suffered three deep cuts to my fingers when I was emptying the bins in the factory where I work.
In order to make successful claims for finger cuts in a factory it must be possible to establish and prove that your injuries were the fault of your employer.
If your employer could have prevented your accident and it would have been reasonable to expect your employer to have done so under the circumstances, you should have grounds to make a claim for compensation for finger cuts against your employerâ€™s liability insurance policy.
Cuts to fingers in a factory accident can only be the basis of a personal injury claim if your injuries have been treated at hospital or by a doctor. You do not need to have had stitches in order to claim compensation, but your injuries must be documented in your medical records.
Your employer owes you a duty of care to ensure that you are not placed at an excessive risk of sustaining an injury at work. Part of that duty of care involves the provision of personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of you being injured at work.
Under the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Work Regulations (1992) employers must assess the risks to staff and should provide PPE such as safety gloves to any staff members that are likely to come into contact with harmful substances or other dangerous items that could cause injuries.
If your employer did not supply you with gloves to protect your hands while you emptied the rubbish bins at work, of if gloves were supplied by they did not offer a high enough degree of protection this would be a breach in the above legislation. A claim for compensation for finger cuts would possible on these grounds as this would represent a failure in a duty of care to keep you safe at work, and negligence on the part of your employer. If safety gloves were available to you and you chose not to use them, you would not be entitled to make a claim for finger cuts at work as you would be deemed to have been responsible for your own injuries.
There are many ways that negligence can be proven, although one of the first steps you should take is to make sure that the accident is documented in your employerâ€™s accident book. Not only will this report support your claim and prove that your injuries were sustained in the workplace, but your employer is obliged to address any health and safety issues that are recorded and this act will help to prevent other workers from sustaining a similar injury.
You should also make a personal record of the names and home addresses of any witnesses to the accident, as statements may need to be taken to establish how you sustained cuts to fingers in a factory accident. It is also strongly advisable to seek legal advice about making claims for finger cuts in a factory from a personal injury solicitor. The advice and assistance of a solicitor should help to ensure your claim for finger cuts at work runs smoothly so you can recover compensation in the shortest possible time frame.
A solicitor is in the best position to provide assistance with the claims process and will ensure that the strongest possible case is built against your employer to maximise the probability of you recovering compensation, and obtaining recompense for your injury in the shortest possible time frame.