You couldn’t make a claim if the accident isn’t anyone else’s fault.
However, whilst you may believe that an accident at work may have been your fault, it’s not always the case that it was your fault.
Remember, your employer owes you a duty of care – that is, he must take all reasonable precautions to ensure your safety while at work.
For instance, if you have an accident while working alone on a machine and are injured by moving parts while trying to repair it, you might think that’s entirely your fault. However, there are immediate questions that spring to mind in a situation like this:
- Have you received adequate training about what to do when a machine develops a fault?
- Has your employer failed to maintain the machinery adequately? Was it defective?
- Have you worked on this machine before, and were you used to working on it?
- Did the machine have a safety guard on, and if so, was it faulty?
- Was your employer in breach of any legislation, such as PUWER, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, or HASAW?
Who is to blame for an accident at work may not always be as apparent as it might initially seem.
It is always worth getting the views of an experienced accident at work solicitor if you are injured at work. You can run the circumstances of the incident past them to get an independent idea of liability. Most specialist personal injury solicitors will be happy to provide you with complimentary advice about whether they believe that you have any reasonable prospects of making a successful personal injury claim against your employer.
Call Mooneerams on 029 2048 3615 if you would like some free initial advice on whether or not you might have a claim.
The moral of this section:
Don’t automatically assume that if you suffer an accident at work, it was your fault – either in whole or in part.
The law surrounding an employer’s liability to an employee can be complex. There are sometimes many factors to consider when assessing who was liable for an accident at work.
That’s why seeking sound legal advice from a specialist and experienced accident at work solicitor is always the right thing to do when you’ve been injured in a workplace accident.
At Mooneerams Solicitors, we are expert employer’s liability solicitors and only act for employees, never for employers.
Call us on 029 2048 3615 for some initial advice. It won’t cost you anything to discover whether we think you’ve got a claim! You can contact us online, too.