Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s leading firms of personal injury and Legal Aid solicitors – and can advise on how to make a no win no fee claim for accident and injury at work compensation if you are a factory worker who has been injured at work.
Factories can present a range of different hazards to workers as they usually have a varied environment which may involve the use of machinery, carrying loads, working on a production line or transporting goods round the factory or factory site.
Working in a factory may also involve working long shifts or unsociable hours – including covering for absent colleagues or working extra hours to meet production deadlines. Fatigue can add to the risk of factory accidents and factory managers have a duty to assess the risks and manage them so that factory workers do not have preventable accidents or sustain injuries.
Accidents factory workers can claim for include:
Factory workers can claim for a range of physical injuries including:
In the case of fatal injuries in factory accidents, the dependants of an employee fatally injured in a factory accident can make a claim for compensation if the employer or another party is liable.
Dependants of workers who have died from industrial or work-related diseases such as asbestosis or mesothelioma can also claim compensation, even if industrial disease is diagnosed post-mortem.
Claims for factory workers injured at work fall under the area of law known as personal injury.
Personal injury claimants usually have three years from the date of the injury to make a claim for accident and injury at work compensation.
Claims can sometimes be made outside the three-year limitation period, however.
Because of the limitation period for personal injury claims, it is important to seek legal advice from Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors as soon as possible if you are injured in a factory accident.
Family members can call Duncan Lewis for advice on making a claim if a loved one has been seriously injured in a factory accident and is still recovering in hospital, or has been fatally injured in a factory accident – or has been diagnosed with an industrial disease.
Compensation for factory workers injured at work includes:
Employers have a legal duty to ensure safe working practices – and should carry out regular health and safety checks to make sure work premises or sites are properly managed and maintained, equipment is fit for purpose – and staff are properly trained and supervised.
Employees must also follow good working practices and report any lapses in health and safety to employers or line managers.
When accidents happen in the work place, the Health and Safety Executive – and sometimes the police and Local Authority – will investigate and an employer may be prosecuted for breaching health and safety legislation if found negligent in its legal duty to employees.
However, it is your employer’s insurer who will settle any claim for factory accidents or factory injury compensation – or the insurer of the party liable for the accident or injury.
Many factory injury claims are settled out-of-court by insurers, so you do not have to worry that making a compensation claim will cause problems for you when you return to work.
Your Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitor will keep you fully informed at all stages of the case.
Most factory injury claims are settled out-of-court – Duncan Lewis personal injury lawyers negotiate hard to get the best settlement for you.
But if a court hearing is necessary, Duncan Lewis instructs leading barristers who specialise in industrial accidents and factory injury claims, to make sure you have the best legal representation possible.
Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors have a successful track record in accident and injury at work claims, including compensation claims for factory workers injured at work.
Contact Duncan Lewis for free advice on making compensation claims for factory accidents and injuries by calling 020 7923 4020.