There are many different ways in which a person can be injured in the workplace. Certain accidents are more common within certain sectors but pretty much all workplaces still have the potential to cause some form of accident. Below we have listed some of the most common accident and injury types.
Wherever you work you are at risk of suffering from a slip, trip and fall accident. Health and Safety Regulations demand that areas where people walk, pass through or stand in should be free from holes or obstructions. The floor should also not be slippery or uneven as this could cause injury. Failure to maintain proper walkways free from obstruction could result in someone suffering an injury after a slip, trip and fall accident.
Certain professions are more at risk of suffering a burn accident than others. Electricians, construction workers and kitchen staff are especially at risk of experiencing this injury type. Those who work closely with live currents or hot surfaces/materials are most at risk and sadly accidents with live currents can sometimes result in fatal electrocution.
Those who work in construction, demolition or in the storage/warehouse industries are more at risk of suffering a head injury than office workers. However, all professions can still be at risk of suffering a head-injury due to factors like an over-stacked shelf, or unstable surface. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the structural integratory of shelves or other holding surfaces is intact and not over stacked.
Repetitive Strain Injury
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is experienced by some workers who repetitively use their hands and arms. It is a problem that has become increasingly common in the workplace in recent years. RSI can be caused by many different factors, such as repetitive or forceful activity or poor posture while working. The symptoms include pain and numbness in the wrists, hands, arms, shoulders and neck.
Around 75% of employees who work with computers experience problems with their vision. Such problems include headaches, eye strain or the blurring of their vision. These sorts of problems can be more difficult to make a claim for. However, if you feel that your employer acted negligently in your exposure to screens – such as making the display unnecessarily bright – then you may be able to claim.
Employees can suffer mental health problems due to conditions at work. If you informed your employer that you were under immense pressure due to deadlines or conditions they had set, and your employer did little to rectify the situation then you may be able to claim. Poor conditions at work usually result in mental health issues like depression or anxiety. However, if you have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event in the workplace, then this could cause you to suffer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. If the cause of this event or your exposure to it was due to negligence on the part of your employer or another employee, then you may be able to claim compensation.
Making Personal Injury Claims
If you have suffered an injury or an illness due to conditions at work, you may be entitled to compensation. First Personal Injury solicitors are available to assist you and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
First Personal Injury works with both families and individuals across England and Wales, leading them on their legal journey and helping them claim compensation after an accident or injury.
To learn more or to start your claim, get in touch with our expert team on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online.
*Please note – With regards to No Win No Fee - In limited circumstances, fees may be charged when your accident claim is not successful. These specific limited circumstances will be explained to you by your Solicitor.
The Citizen's Advice Bureau says it's our "civil and legal right" to make an accident claim. But 69% of us don't make an accident claim. Don't miss out on what's rightfully yours.
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