ACCIDENTS AT WORK
Should you suffer injury arising from an accident at work which was not your fault, you can claim personal injury compensation. Such a claim may be against your employer or a third party.
Your employer has a legal obligation to take reasonable steps to ensure that you work in a safe environment and with safe work equipment. They must also take appropriate steps to avoid exposure to dangerous substances or where this is not possible provide suitable personal protective equipment.
The obligations placed upon an employer are set out in numerous pieces of Health & Safety Legislation.
However, Section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 introduced a change in the law so that any accident at work occuring after 1st October 2013 and caused by a breach of such legislation will not automatically give rise to a claim for personal injury compensation.
As a consequence it is important that you instruct a specialist personal injury solicitor with significant experience in employer’s liability claims to ensure that your claim is successful.
Whilst the law changed on 1st October 2013 these changes only apply to accidents which occurred after this date. This means that an accident at work caused by a breach of specific Health & Safety legislation may still give rise to a claim for personal injury compensation even if the claim is submitted after this date.
This is subject to the normal time limits which apply to all personal injury claims known as the limitation period.