If you have an accident at work such as a fall or a slip as a result of poorly maintained surfaces then you should consider taking action against the persons responsible for the maintenance of that area.
Who is at fault for my accident?
The Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 sets out the responsibilities for employers and those maintaining places of work. It is designed to protect you by setting standards for the work environment and any substances or materials you may come into contact with. It basically demands that all reasonable care and attention to creating a safe work place is taken. The act not only protects you as an employee, but also any visitors to the work place.
Have you had a fall or slip at work?
A fall or slip at work might result from any number of causes. Perhaps the floors were wet or slippery, but there was no notification to warn you, or maybe you tripped on an uneven surface. Uneven or differently spaced steps certainly present a hazard and you should be warned of such things. Likewise trailing cables, poor lighting, or even spillages and debris left in traffic areas should all be attended to. Even if you are driving a vehicle in the workplace, such as a fork lift truck and you hurt yourself as a result of going down a pothole you will be protected by the act.
The employer has a responsibility to warn of any hazards and take all reasonable steps to create a safe environment for the employees and anyone else using the site. This can include customers and other visitors.
What should I do if I have hurt myself as a result of a trip or slip at work?
If you have sustained an injury or discomfort as a result of poor maintenance within your workplace you should get in touch with our experts at Edwards Hoyle. We are a firm of lawyers who specialise solely in helping people gain appropriate compensation for injuries sustained as a result of someone else's negligence.
How does a no win no fee agreement work?
We work on a no win no fee basis. This means that we will discuss the incident with you and determine whether you have a strong case. If we think you have then we will accept your case and work on your behalf to win appropriate compensation for you. If our action is successful then you will receive the full amount of compensation awarded without any deductions.
What happens if the case is not successful?
It is unusual that a case we take on is not successful, however should this happen then you will have nothing to pay. We take out insurance at the outset called After The Event Insurance which will cover our costs in such a situation. This means you have nothing to lose.