Accident at Work
Accident at Work Solicitors in Norwich, Norfolk
How we can help
If you have had an accident at work, we can help. People are injured at work in multiple ways:
- A sudden accident.
- Stress brought about by unsafe working practices or bullying and harassment.
- Repetitive Strain Injuries.
- Industrial Diseases (for example mesothelioma caused by working with asbestos).
If your employer has failed in their duties and you have suffered an accident at work you may be able to claim compensation.
We are the only solicitors firm in Norwich who specialise in Claimant Employment Law and Personal Injury Law. This makes us uniquely placed to deal with claims resulting from workplace injuries. It is common for clients who have been injured at work to also need advice on employment matters.
We advise on whether or not we think that you will be successful with your claim, how much you are likely to receive and the length of time that your claim will take. As well as advising you about whether you should bring your case in the Employment Tribunal, County Court or High Court. We will also discuss with you the best way in which to fund your case, including “no win, no fee” agreements. For more details about this please see our funding page.
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Health and Safety in the Workplace: what your employer should be doing
Health and Safety Laws impose strict duties on employers to take care for the safety of their employees. In particular, employers should:
- Ensure that your work must be carried out in a safe way. Your employer must assess the risks involved with your job, this includes the materials and equipment that you use and the way in which you carry out your duties.
- Ensure that you are properly trained. Your employer must risk assess your jobs and make sure that you are properly trained to carry them out. If your job involves particular risks (such as lifting) or if you work with potentially harmful substances, then you must be told how to minimise the dangers that these risks pose to you.
- Ensure that your workplace is safe. They must make sure that your office, factory or another place of work is generally safe. Floors should not be left wet and should be free from slipping and tripping hazards, such as files, boxes, and cables.
- Ensure that you are given suitable equipment. They must give you equipment which is safe and suitable for the job that you are doing. You must also be told how to use it correctly. The equipment must also be regularly inspected and properly maintained. Work equipment is a broad term that can cover anything from a forklift in a warehouse or production line through to computers, desks, and chairs.
- Provide you with competent fellow employees. Your work colleagues must be competent and trained to do their jobs. If a colleague caused you injury as a result of being incompetent then your employer is potentially liable for their actions.