If you have been injured while working in a factory or warehouse setting and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Here we take a closer look at what this means and how a solicitor can help.
What Sort of Injuries Happen in a Factory?
Factories and warehouses are actually quite dangerous places. It’s the main reason why there is all sorts of legislation and best practice in place to help protect individuals working there.
For example, you can’t drive a forklift truck or operate particular machinery without the right training. You will find certain areas are off-limits to people because of the dangers involved. Protective gear has to be worn when working with certain equipment or doing certain jobs.
Injuries that we often see in a factory setting include:
- Falls and slips.
- Accidents involving dangerous machinery.
- Objects falling from heights and hitting someone.
- People getting struck by vehicles like forklift trucks.
- Damage from excessive noise.
- Illness from constant exposure to toxic materials.
If you have been involved in an incident or have an illness that you think was caused by work, it is important to sit down with a personal injury solicitor to talk through your claim.
What Can a Personal Injury Solicitor Do?
The first step in making any compensation claim is getting legal advice. We suggest that you collect as much information as possible about the incident and the reason for your claim. The good news is that most of us carry around mobile phones with cameras nowadays and can take images for documentary evidence.
You may not be able to do this following your injury but hopefully, someone standing nearby will do it for you. The more evidence you have, the easier it is to make sense of any claim.
The first thing to be aware of is that most solicitors will offer a free consultation to see if you have a claim or not. They’ll listen to your story and what evidence you have and then decide whether they can help or not.
What Happens Next?
If the solicitor decides to take on your case, they usually do so on a no win no fee basis. What this means is that, if they don’t get a settlement and compensation, you don’t have to pay a thing. If they do win the case, their fees are normally taken out of the awarded compensation, usually a percentage that has been previously agreed.
Once you sit down with your solicitor, they will go through what happens next. Essentially, your employer has a duty of care to protect you at work. If they are found to be at fault or someone who is on their payroll is at fault, they can be liable to pay compensation for any accident. Most factory employers have what is called Employers Liability Insurance which is there to protect them in the event of such payouts.
How much the claim is worth will depend on the extent of the injury and the effect it has had on your life. Compensation will consider both physical and psychological impact and will be decided by the court. In some cases, the defendant will make an offer of compensation before it goes to court which you can decide to take or not.