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Accidents at work

Accidents at work


Health & Safety Legislation has been in existence for decades. Industrial processes are far safer than they were, but work place accidents still occur on a regular basis. A claim by an employee against his employer is traditionally based on allegations of "negligence" combined with allegations of a breach of the many safety regulations imposed by law upon employers.

The Government currently seems intent on changing the law so that a breach of regulations would no longer give rise to compensation unless there was a breach of the employer's duty of care as well. 

In 2012 the Government published its Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. Royal assent and Parliamentary approval was secured in April 2013; its clause 69 apparently reverses that part of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 that often provided "strict liability" for a breach of many health and safety regulations and permitted compensation to be claimed by the unfortunate victim. The new wording means such breaches may not be actionable unless specifically provided for (none were).

Taken at face value, an employee’s only remedy may now lie if it can be proven that the employer was probably negligent. Even worse, from the summer of 2013 changes in procedure will seriously limit the amount you can recover towards the legal bill for presenting such claims - presumably to discourage injured workers from claiming in the first place. 

Now more than ever it is important to make your claim quickly, if you have already been injured, and to use a solicitor who really knows what they are doing. Choose your lawyer carefully. Simply going to the firm on the corner, or accepting one your insurers have selected because of their internal agreements, may not necessarily be the best option.

At Veitch Penny LLP we have the expertise and track record needed to talk and guide you sensibly. If your claim has a reasonable prospect of success we will do our best to help you win. If it is a weaker case we will tell you, and let you decide whether to proceed or not. After all - it is your life, your money and your case. Why put yourself in a position where someone you have not even selected is calling the shots?

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Head and Brain Injuries

We understand the devastating effect that a head or brain injury can have on all aspects of your life and how worrying it is for you and your loved ones until a clear understanding emerges. Whether it turns out to be a short lived concussion or a full brain injury, now is the time you and your loved ones need support from people who understand and know what to do. 

Slips Trips and Falls

Slips Trips and Falls

Slips, Trips and Falls are the most common of all accidents

We at Veitch Penny LLP deal with these type of claims on a frequent basis.  We understand your situation and are able to direct enquiries that will quickly reveal whether you have a claim worth pursuing, or not.

Fork Lift Trucks

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations impose duties upon employers to ensure that walk ways and access areas within a place of work are reasonably safe such that there have to be very careful regulations to ensure, for example, that fork lift truck drivers do not cause serious injury to other employees working in the same environment.

Fatal Accidents

When tragedy strikes, we're here to help

There are so many things to think of at such an awful time, it can be difficult to know where to start. Compensation issues will only be part of the story - so we will do our best to support you through the intricacies of inquests, police investigations, the court process, probate and intestacy and inheritance tax as well as the question of compensation.

Burns and Corrosive Liquids

The COSHH Regulations (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) require employers to ensure the safe storage and use of hazardous liquids and The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations place obligations on employers to ensure that employees are provided with appropriate safety equipment such as boots, gloves, helmets, goggles and reflective jackets.

Accidents involving machinery

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations place an obligation upon all employers to ensure that equipment in the workplace is safe and does not give rise to risks to health and safety.  

For example any piece of machinery which has moving parts has to be adequately guarded to ensure that employees cannot place their hands and fingers into a mechanism likely to cause a serious injury.

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