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Work Accident Claims

Jul 16, 2008
A work accident claim is an employee's way of acquiring any loss of earnings they had while suffering from an accident at work. It is always a direct liability of any employer of what happens to a worker especially if it takes place in the company's vicinity.

All companies should keep the safety of its employees on top priority. Employers are required to address the necessary aids and safety procedures especially if unforeseen cases occur. If a worker suffers from injuries or accidents due to defective machinery, as long as it is considered a company property then you may be able to make a work accident claim.

Being an employer entails a lot of responsibility. Workers play a big role in the success of a business, so it is necessary to give them back the benefits of safety that they deserve. Ensuring that all areas of workplaces are properly checked, down to the smallest details to the ventilation and lighting should be an employer's main task. An employer should keenly observe the areas of the operation, the machines being operated and the safety precautions of the place as a whole.

It is every employer's obligation to attend to the needs of its workers. Thus, when an accident occurs make every way possible to let the incident reach your employers and have them take responsibility of the accident. If it happens to be through of a co-worker still, the employer is deemed accountable. Taking down the details into writing especially in an accident book may be helpful. So, if you feel that you're a victim of this accident and there's no one to help you exercise your rights, contact a personal injury solicitor who will be happy to help. For further information visit http://www.claim4workaccidents.co.uk

If you are worried about being terminated then don't be, for any employer doesn't have the right to terminate your contract because of the work accident claim. This would potentially give rise to a claim for unfair dismissal.

In order to make work accident claim on a no win no fee basis, the claim must be made within three years from the actual date of the accident. If you are under the age of 18 at the time of the accident at work, the three year period would only start when you actually turn 18 years old. The three year period may also be extended if your personal injury only became apparent at a later date. For example, if you were diagnosed with an industrial disease due to your employers negligence in exposing you to a dangerous substance 10 years ago, the three year period would begin on the date that the illness was diagnosed, rather than the date you were exposed to the substance.

Your employer is legally obliged to take out insurance, known as Employers Liability Insurance, to cover them in case of any accidents at work. Therefore if you are successful in making a no win no fee personal injury claim for an injury you have sustained at work, it is your employer's insurance company that pays the compensation awarded.
About the Author
Nicholas Tate is the webmaster for http://www.claim4workaccidents.co.uk which provides advice on work accident claims and making a no win no fee compensation claim for an accident at work.
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