I was told that claims for injuries from a spillage in a factory are possible if the spillage resulted from negligence of an employer. How can I tell if my employer was negligent and if I can make a claim?
It is correct that claims for injuries from a spillage in a factory are only possible if the spillage occurred as a direct result of the negligence of your employer.
It is not possible to tell if your employer has been negligent based on the information you have provided, and whether you will be entitled to make claims for injuries from a spillage in a factory. It is probable that a claim will be possible provided that you were not personally responsible for the spillage at work. You must also have sustained an injury in the accident which warranted seeking medical attention in order for damages to be recovered. Your medical records must be able to support a claim for personal injury compensation.
To confirm your right to make a factory injury compensation claim you should speak with a personal injury solicitor about the accident. After explaining the circumstances surrounding the accident a solicitor will advise you if a claim will be possible. If a claim can be made, a solicitor is in the best position to help you build a strong case to maximise the probability of recovering your full entitlement to compensation for your injuries.
There are some steps which you should take to improve the probability of you being able to successfully recover compensation for an injury from a factory spillage. You should make an official report of the accident and your injury from a spillage in a factory and the best way to do this is to write a brief summary of the accident in your employerâ€™s accident book. The accident book can be used to support a factory injury compensation claim and will establish that you were injured in the workplace.
If there were any witnesses to the accident you should try to obtain their contact details. Eye witness accounts can provide invaluable evidence of employer negligence in support of a claim for compensation for an injury from a factory spillage.
If your injury has resulted in you having to take more than 7 consecutive days off work, the Health and Safety Executive must be notified. This is usually the responsibility of an employer, but you should ensure this procedure has been completed. The HSE may wish to investigate the cause of the accident to determine whether your employer failed to maintain the appropriate health and safety standards at work. Although you may have to delay making a claim to allow the HSE to investigate the accident, its findings may help to strengthen your claim for an injury from a spillage in a factory.
However the first step you should take is to seek legal advice from a solicitor and we strongly recommend that you do so as soon as possible.