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Accidents in the workplace

Your employer has a duty of care towards you and is required to take steps to ensure your working environment is safe, thereby minimising the risk of an accident.

If your employer is failing to comply with Health and Safety Legislation and you have an accident resulting in injury, then you may have grounds to make a claim for compensation. Many people worry about the implications of making a claim against their employer, as they feel they may be subject to the repercussions of such an action.

If you have been with your employer for more than two years and they were to discipline or dismiss you for making a legitimate claim, there may be grounds for unfair dismissal. Some people are also reluctant to claim compensation after an accident at work because they may be worried about the financial impact their claim could have on their employer. All employers are required by law to take out employer’s liability insurance. So, if a claim is successful, the compensation is paid out by the insurance company, not the employer.

If you have suffered an accident at work in the last three years that wasn’t your fault and would like some further advice, call Heptonstalls on 0800 917 8267 or visit www.heptonstalls.co.uk

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