Thousands of people in the UK work in the car manufacturing industry. Surrounded by heavy machinery and lots of activity, it’s no surprise that these locations are more prone to accidents than your average office.
If you have been injured while working for a car manufacturer and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation to help with your recovery.
Types of Injury in a Car Manufacturers
Factories are usually large places with lots of different manufacturing jobs being carried out simultaneously. Accidents and injuries can occur for several reasons:
- Your employer may not have the right safety processes in place, and you could slip or fall.
- You could be injured by machinery that was poorly maintained or because you were not given the right protective equipment.
- You may suffer from a repetitive strain injury from using a particular piece of machinery too much without enough breaks.
- You might be affected by chemicals or paint sprays that are being used in the car manufacturing process.
- If you’re a warehouse operative you may do a lot of pushing and pulling of heavy car parts, causing long term damage to your back and joints.
Manufacturing Industry Injuries
Common injuries we see from working in a car manufacturing plant include repetitive strains, tendonitis, joint pain, and hearing problems. Working through while suffering from an injury can make things worse and many people in the industry suffer chronic pain over long periods.
On top of this, there may be accidents that occur in the workplace including being injured by faulty machinery that wasn’t properly maintained. Falls from height and collisions are also quite common in these environments.
How to Make a Claim
If you have been injured at work, it can be daunting to start seeking legal advice about making a claim against your employer for personal injury. The good news is that solicitors have a duty of care to deal with their clients in confidence and they won’t make any advances to your employer unless you agree.
The purpose of personal injury awards is to recompense you for the damage that has been caused. You might have had to spend time off work, for example, and were unable to earn money to support yourself and your family.
Your injury might be so bad that you are unable to do the same job anymore and earn the wage that you were used to. With serious injuries, you might be left with a disability that could mean you need to make adjustments to your home. Then there’s the psychological damage that your injury may have caused and how this has affected you.
Personal injury claims are normally conducted on a no win no fee basis. This essentially means the solicitor takes on your claim and does not charge upfront fees. If the claim is successfully settled and an award made, the fees are then taken out of the compensation. If the claim does not succeed, you don’t have to pay anything.
You can also get a free initial consultation to discuss your initial claim which means you find out whether you have a legal right to compensation without making any commitment.