The workplace can be a dangerous place, those who work in the construction industry are aware of this fact, yet despite all precautions many people’s lives are ruined as a result of injury.
The vast majority of workplaces throughout the UK are totally safe and the correct risk assessment procedures will have been followed – but some workplaces fall short on safety. All staff should be fully trained in health and safety measures, yet two thirds of injuries that occurred in the UK between 2011 and 2012 were accidents that took place on construction sites or places where the use of heavy machinery was involved.
If you need to claim for accident at work the best procedure is to contact a personal injury specialist. These trained professionals will investigate the circumstances of the accident and if it is felt it happened as a result of negligence then the solicitors will help you with the paperwork and medical reports.
Lawyers have no wish to waste the court’s time and often many of these cases are settled out of court. They will only usually proceed with those cases where they feel that the aggrieved party has been injured and should receive justified compensation that is not covered by any out-of-court settlement which is offered.
Some of the important facts to take into account will include looking at how the injury may affect the claimant in the long term. Some injuries will heal in a relatively short space of time and won’t cause long-term damage but others may affect the worker and their family’s long-term financial security.
An increasing number of employers do not offer sick pay; they tend to rely on the State’s Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) scheme, which will only amount to £85.85 in 2013. This of course is only a minute percentage of the earnings that a healthy construction worker can command.
There are many personal injury specialists, including EdwardsHoyle.co.uk, who offer their expertise and advise clients about what type of compensation they will be realistically looking at. The benefit of contacting an established firm of experts is that you will be told the truth and will never be encouraged to make a claim should there be no basis for one.
A ‘No Win No Fee’ firm of solicitors should never ask for fees from a client upfront either. If the case is successful then all costs will be paid by the employer’s liability insurance.
The first step in this process is to contact a reputable firm. A dedicated solicitor should be appointed and will be able to help you at this stressful time.
As well as being in pain, many who are injured are fearful about their long term future; especially if they feel that their working life has been curtailed as a result of an injury. A good lawyer will be sympathetic and will work their hardest to ensure that you are provided with the right financial compensation so always look for this quality.