Slips and Trips at Work
Trips and slips are not at all unsual within the working environment but what are your employer’s responsibilities and will claiming effect things at work and even put your job in jeopardy?
Health and Safety Laws are Your Protection
All employers are under a duty to comply with the health and safety legislation which involves ensuring that your place of work is free as far as possible from risk of injury. In practical terms your employer must make sure that cables are properly tied and do not represent a tripping hazard. It also means that when floors are mopped appropriate warning signs are prominently displayed as well keeping walkways clear of any obstructions which could cause people to slip at work. The above safety hazards could result in a slip at work claim.
Is my job at risk if I slip at work and claim compensation?
The short answer to this question is no.
It’s natural to think about just how your injury and your slip at work claim is going to affect your job. Many workers are in two minds about making a slip at work claim because they worry about how it will affect their job or their standing with their employer
Employers in the UK are not allowed to dismiss workers simply because they claim trip at work compensation. If your work injury has resulted in a permanent disability, you may need to have a conversation with your employer about the duties you can undertake at work. Unfair dismissal laws make provision for disabled workers. Slip at work compensation awarded in court may cover any loss of employment if your injury permanently prevents you from doing your job.
Can my employer cope if I make a trip or slip work claim?
Employers must be insured for workers compensation by law. This means your employer will be able to slips and trips at work claims on their insurance when you make your slip at work claim, without it affecting the business.
Is it really worth me making a slip at work claim?
Not every work injury requires serious medical help. Only you and your doctor can assess how serious the injury is, but many injuries are worthy of compensation.
Work accidents are often a sign of something seriously wrong in the workplace. It’s a good idea to report any accident, no matter how small, to your manager.
If you are injured, it’s important to seek medical help. An injury that does not seem serious at first could prove serious in the long term. An accident and medical report will make it easier to make a claim further down the track.
When should I claim for slips and trips at work?
It’s best to file your claim as soon as you realise that you have a case. There are time limits on when you can make a work compensation claim, and these limits are tied to the amount of time it takes for a worker to reasonably have knowledge of their case.
Begin documenting your injury right from the start by reporting your accident to your manager and visiting the doctor. Even if you don’t end up making a claim, your employer should be aware that there was an accident in the workplace.
When is it too late to claim for slip at work?
The law sets out a three-year time limit for trip or slip at work compensation claims. If you’re making work and personal injury claims in Manchester, it’s important to contact a solicitor as soon as you’re aware you wish to file a claim. If you are claiming outside the time limit, it’s also a good idea to get legal advice – there may be circumstances in which your claim could still be heard.
Should I get a solicitor?
It is always a good idea to seek professional advice in legal matters, and if you’re researching work accident claims in Manchester you can talk to us at Carter and Carter. Whether choosing a general or personal injury solicitor in Manchester,